Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation, briefed Stephen Klingebiel, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, on the UNOSSC’s follow-up to the BAPA+40 Conference. “We should look at BAPA+40 outcome as a document that launches many processes and allows them to move forward,” Mr. Chediek said. He noted that UNOSSC has just prepared the Secretary-General’s Report on the State of South-South Cooperation. He also noted that as delegated by Member States and the UN Secretary-General, UNOSSC was preparing a United Nations System-wide Strategy on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. The strategy will be completed by year-end and is targeted for adoption at the next UNGA High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation meeting in May 2020. He also informed Mr. Klingebiel about the launch of the South-South Galaxy, a platform for sharing knowledge. Lastly, he indicated that to help all countries’ access South-South cooperation, UNOSSC and partners were putting together a Capacity building programme for developing countries to better coordinate South-South cooperation efforts.
The two parties agreed to encourage developing countries to offer intellectual leadership on issues of South-South cooperation. This effort will commence at the upcoming Delhi V process, which UNOSSC co-sponsors. Furthermore, Mr. Chediek briefed the Policy Centre Director on the functional review being undertaken on the working relationship between UNDP and UNOSSC, and alerted the Director to assess opportunities for a stronger role of the Policy Centre in leading UNDP South-South cooperation efforts.
The UNOSSC Asia-Pacific Office also briefed the Director of the Policy Centre on regional initiatives including the Regional Directors-General Forum on South-South Cooperation and the ASEAN Development Cooperation Forum that are spearheading the BAPA+40 follow-ups by respective Member States.