UNOSSC to lead the Thematic Partnership on South-South environment cooperation of the Coalition
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) International Green Development Coalition plenary session was held in Beijing on April 25, 2019, enlisting “South-South Environment Cooperation and SDGs capacity building” as one of its ten thematic partnerships.
UNOSSC, at the invitation by the Secretariat of the BRI International Green Development Coalition, hosted by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, accepted to serve as a Lead Partner of Thematic Partnership of the BRI International Green Development Coalition on South-South environment cooperation. UNOSSC Director Mr. Jorge Chediek and Deputy Director Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang attended the session.
Chaired by Minister of Ecology and Environment, H.E. Mr. Li Ganjie, the plenary session was well represented by partner member states and UN agencies. Mr. Chediek gave a brief speech recalling the second United Nations high-level conference on South-South cooperation entitled “Buenos Aires Plan of Action +40” which recently took place in March 2019 in Argentina. At that event, Member States affirmed the development progress that had been made since 1979 when the first conference took place through South-South cooperation. He said, “the South is indispensable to achieve global prosperity.”
Moreover, he shared key consensus reached at the conference. First, while the North remains ardently embraced, the South is increasingly serving as the source of “very valuable experience and very valuable resources” for South-South and triangular cooperation.
Second, South-South cooperation should drift away from its traditional modality which concentrates and heavily relies on technical cooperation among governmental entities. Apart from state governments, private sector, civil society, academia, non-governmental organizations should also be incorporated to better advance South-South cooperation. Sector-wise, South-South cooperation should traverse broader territories such as investment, finance, ecosystem, and other departments.
Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, the UN Resident Coordinator in China, Ms. Nosipho Ngcaba, Director General of Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, Mr. Wen Gang, Vice President of China Communications Construction Company Limited, Mr. Aban Kabraji, Director of IUCN Asian Regional Office, and Mr. Wang Tianyi, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of China Everbright International Limited also addressed short speeches at the discussion.
Jointly initiated by Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China and its international partners in May 2017 and chaired by Mr. Li Ganjie, Minister of Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, the Coalition has attracted more than 120 partners, including over 60 international partners from national environmental authorities, international organizations, think tanks and enterprises.
This plenary Session is a thematic forum of the 2019 Belt and Road Forum and was designed to brief senior representatives of partners about the progress and work plans of the Coalition. Notably, the Coalition adopted a thematic approach in its partnership engagement and it currently has ten clusters of partners, one of which specializes in South-South environmental cooperation and SDGs capacity building.