United Nations System-wide South-South Cooperation Strategy: Strengthening its Political Character and Credibility?

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The UNOSSC has been mandated to lead the drafting of the UN System-wide South-South Cooperation Strategy. This is a major development within the UN System. This paper, by Zanofer Ismalebbe, provides some thoughts on how to better integrate the aspirations and expectations of Member States whilst keeping the ‘operational feasibility’ in mind.

Zanofer Ismalebbe is Intergovernmental Engagement Specialist at the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP New York. He focusses on key policy and negotiation processes at the GA, ECOSOC, HLC-SSC and the Executive Board. Previously, he has worked in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General (New York); UNDP (Geneva & Tashkent); Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (Tashkent); UNICEF (Colombo); and UNHCR (Colombo & London) in policy, programme management, intergovernmental, inter-agency, and partnerships functions. An attorney by training, he holds an LL.M. (Essex) and a MPP (Massachusetts). Views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.