BAPA+40 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 20-22 March, will mark an important milestone for South-South cooperation, taking place 40 years after the BAPA Conference of 1978, said Jorge Chediek, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation, during a press encounter.
The Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, adopted in 1978 at the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation Among Developing Countries, provided countries of the South with a framework to reinforce their cooperation among themselves with a view to collective self-reliance.
This would allow Southern countries to achieve their development goals and to reduce poverty through mutual assistance and solidarity. Forty years later, South-South cooperation has increased in relevance as an important modality of international cooperation for sustainable development, as its scale, scope and the number of actors involved have expanded.
Also addressing the press Conference were Ambassador Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship; and Ms. Ana Ciuti, Director General of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina.
Through this Conference the international community will express its political commitment for more impactful and active South-South and triangular cooperation, said Mr. Chediek, emphasizing that countries of the South have developed sound policies and programs to fight poverty and to achieve other SDGS and are willing to share their experiences with others.
Mr. Chediek underscored that the conference will adopt a landmark roadmap for South-South and triangular cooperation that calls for an inclusive partnership of all stakeholders: Member States, United Nations entities, Intergovernmental Organizations, private sector, civil society and others. He pointed out the significant importance of strengthening the institutional framework of South-South and triangular cooperation at all levels – national, regional and global – to tap into the big potential of this type of collaboration toward achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
For conference information, including live webcast information, please visit https://www.unsouthsouth.org/bapa40/