Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development – Vol. 2 (2018)

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The importance of South-South and triangular cooperation in accelerating sustainable development has gained continued momentum over the last decades. There is growing consensus around sharing ideas, knowledge and skills to address common challenges and build shared strengths. Developing countries are increasingly recognizing good practices in South-South and triangular cooperation as viable pathways to accelerate progress in the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new surge in South-South and triangular cooperation has also seen countries in the South increasingly championing solutions that address common transnational development challenges which would be difficult to tackle independently.

The second of its series, the Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development highlights how South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation can accelerate progress towards the implementation and achievement of the SDGs. This series features more than 100 good practices presented by Member States, United Nations agencies and other development partners. This compendium of good practices presents notable solutions at the national, subregional, regional and global levels to crucial challenges faced by developing countries ranging from efforts to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, support climate change action and create peaceful and cohesive societies. It demonstrates how developing countries collaborate among themselves to address challenges through solidarity, peer-to-peer learning and collective self-reliance. The evidence gathered in this volume aims to benefit developing countries seeking to scale up South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives, particularly in the widespread application of policies, strategies and programmes.

In the presentation of cases, priority has been given to highlighting innovative initiatives that illustrate the central tenets of effective South-South and triangular cooperation; initiatives that involve and benefit a great number of people in two or more Southern countries; address transnational development challenges; solutions that have been piloted and scaled up; and have tangible development outcomes that address the attainment of all 17 SDGs.

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to develop a global knowledge sharing and partnership brokering platform to responds more systematically and effectively to developing countries’ demand to connect and collaborate with potential partners. The platform aims to complement, rather than substitute existing national or regional institutional arrangements. It will fill an unmet gap, by providing a space that systematizes knowledge, and is equipped to provide actionable solutions, strengthen capacity and foster valuable partnerships.


Jorge Chediek
UNOSSC Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation