DAILY SUMMARY – Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Welcome to New York for the 2018 Global South-South Development Expo!
As we are preparing for the official opening of the Expo tomorrow, today we’ve had some interesting pre-Expo side-events and discussions which have all reiterated the important role and the great potential of South-South and triangular cooperation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Some of the highlights of today’s discussions include the following:
The round table, organised by UNICEF and UNOSSC in collaboration with the Governments of Argentina, Thailand, Uganda and the Islamic Development Bank, called for building a stronger case for South-South and triangular cooperation in improving the well-being of children and young people.
Participants at the 2nd Steering Committee meeting for the South-South Global Thinkers networks members and founders, organized by UNOSSC and UNDP, discussed the progress of their work and identified research priorities that would feed into the 2019 agenda. All representatives of the six Think Tank Network members and founders were present. Specifically, participants:
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The side-event on Implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration emphasized the important role of South-South cooperation as a driver for regional cooperation. Speakers shared experiences of Africa, Latin America and Asia in managing migration and offered suggestions for addressing the challenges that migrants face. Several initiatives and tools have been highlighted including the EU Trust Fund for Africa, and the Better Migration Management initiative in the Horn of Africa which addresses trafficking and smuggling of migrants. It has been agreed that a holistic approach to migration is needed, with appropriate coordination and accountability mechanisms, to make migration better for all and make it work for development. Technical assistance, evidence-based knowledge and partnerships, including through triangular cooperation, are critical to ensure benefits of migration.
The side-event on Inclusive Partnerships for South-South Cooperation focused on the increasingly important role of China in development cooperation and discussed challenges and opportunities for leveraging partnerships and financing for development. For example, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with UNDP provided support through the UN Fund for South-South Cooperation to countries in Asia and the Caribbean to manage disasters and enhance resilience of local communities. Several intraregional integration processes such as ASEAN have also been mentioned, which have a strong agenda on economic and social development in the region and thus foster South-South cooperation. Participants underlined that in order to be successful, partnerships need to fit local contexts, be inclusive and collective by engaging partners from the private sector and civil society.
As today’s discussions have concluded, we are looking forward to seeing you at the High-Level Opening Ceremony tomorrow 28 November at 9am sharp in Conference Room 1 of the United Nations Secretariat and continuing our engagement throughout the event!
The GSSD Expo Team
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