Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation, met with Han-Deog Cho, Program Strategy and Policy Planning Department Director-General of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Mr. Chediek noted that the outcomes of the Second United Nations High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation opened spaces for more actors and new multi-stakeholders in South-South and triangular cooperation and invited KOICA to contribute to the policy discussions. “As a member of OECD-DAC and a country that most in the South still consider a part of them, the Republic of Korea can play an important role in bridging South-South and triangular cooperation policy and discourse,” Mr. Chediek said.
Mr. Cho noted that KOICA believes that South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation are very important. He informed Mr. Chediek that although it is implementing South-South and triangular cooperation, KOICA does not have an explicit policy on the modalities. He explained that KOICA applies triangular cooperation through the project methodology. He gave examples of specific projects including support to G7+ in peacebuilding. “KOICA is not limited to the examples we just gave and we would like to expand,” Mr. Cho added. He further noted that while some triangular cooperation projects have been successful, some have fallen short. He inquired what could be undertaken to achieve consistency in positive outcomes for triangular cooperation projects. In response, Mr. Chediek indicated that this was one of the reasons for Korea to be involved in the process of improving knowledge on the practice of triangular cooperation, through case studies, that will capture what has worked, what were the criteria for success that was achieved, and how to incorporate success factors in design of new projects.
Mr. Chediek invited KOICA to join discussions on South-south and triangular cooperation and pointed to various entry points, including the possibility of seconding staff to UNOSSC to work on such matters. Citing constraints, KOICA nonetheless promised to explore possibilities to respond positively to the invitation due to the strategic importance of South-South and triangular cooperation.