Katowice, 8 December 2018 — The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in partnership with the OECD and JICA, hosted a side event on South-South and triangular cooperation toward achieving the climate goals and sustainable development solutions during the Conference of the Parties (COP) 24 in Katowice, Poland on 8 December 2018 in the Japanese Pavilion. This important event convened Member States, development agencies and international organizations to explore, enhance and highlight the potential of triangular cooperation in achieving sustainable development.
“We need all hands working on achieving the Paris Agreement goals,” said Xiaohua Zhang, Manager of the Climate and Sustainability Programme at UNOSSC, emphasizing the vitality of triangular cooperation in finding climate solutions across countries and regions.
Ana Patricia Villalobos Arrieta, Deputy Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, Energy, Forests and Financing for Development, of the Foreign Policy Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Costa Rica, explained that triangular cooperation is more than providing financial support. Triangular cooperation on sustainable development among countries and organizations has the ability to create win-win situations for all the parties through sharing of resources and knowledge, she explained.
Triangular cooperation works best when a country’s development needs and comparative advantages of partners are analyzed well in advance, said Martin Křeček, Manager of Trilateral Subsidies at the Czech Development Agency. Miscommunication and higher transaction costs are some of the typical challenges that are brought about by such cooperation. However, proper situational analysis provides opportunities to find common solutions to some of the shared developmental challenges.
Kentaro Yoshida, Deputy Director, Office for Climate Change, Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said, “scaling-up triangular cooperation is an iterative process for JICA and one that is based on lesson learned from past experiences and feedback received from partner countries”.
Participants highlighted the huge potentials of South-South and triangular cooperation in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.
Ms. Ajita Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Analyst, Climate and Sustainability Programme, UNOSSC
Mr. Mithre Sandrasagra (email@example.com), Strategic Communications Advisor, UNOSSC