Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation invites think-tanks at Delhi 3 to substantially contribute to the BAPA+40 process

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24 August, New Delhi – Speaking at the inaugural session of the Delhi Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (#SSCDelhi3) Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation elaborated on the road ahead to BAPA+40.

“Following the recent approval by United Nations Member States of the modalities resolution for the organization of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action+40 (BAPA+40) conference to be held in 2019, think-tanks, civil society and governments all are critical actors that must contribute to the shaping of the South-South cooperation agenda for the years to come, and to articulating the framework for its implementation and thriving” – affirmed Mr. Chediek.

41 think-tanks from across the global South are participating in this two-day conference, including the members of the Network of Southern Think-tanks (NEST), as well as additional universities and research centers.

Ambassador Hardeep S. Puri, Chairperson of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) a think-tank affiliated with the Ministry of External Affairs of India, and the lead co-organizer of the event tasked Mr. Chediek: “as you go back to New York, advocate for all of us among key United Nations leaders, stressing that South-South cooperation is not only alive and kicking, it has enormously expanded in recent years and it is currently shaping the world and progress towards sustainable development.” – requested H.E. Puri.

Insightful presentations and an engaged debate followed, with high-level addresses by Ms. Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India; Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN Representative in India; Professor Li Xiaoyun, China International Development Research Network and special remarks by Professor Muchkund Dubey, President of the Council for Social Development in New Delhi.