2021 UN Day for South-South Cooperation Side-event: Launch of Good Practices in SSTC – Scaling Up Made-in-Africa Solutions

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When: 14 September 2021, 8:30 – 10:00 AM (NY time)
Registration: to register for this event, please click here.

Background

African countries have been generating innovative and context-specific solutions, in collaboration with various development actors, to respond to common development challenges including to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Despite restrictions in travel, the closure of borders, and the significant socio-economic impacts of the pandemic on countries, South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation (SSC & TrC) provide cost-effective and novel ways of sharing solutions to address these challenges.

In 2019, The BAPA+40 Outcome Document acknowledged the importance of sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices, particularly homegrown development approaches, on SSC & TrC in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It invited all relevant stakeholders, State and non-State actors, to do so in order to intensify efforts towards the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions via South-South and triangular cooperation. This also involved building multi-stakeholder partnerships, including with the private sector.

On the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, UNDP, in partnership with the UNOSSC, will present the joint publication entitled “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Scaling up Made-in-Africa Solutions”. This publication maps and codifies African innovative South-South development solutions that have been scaled up or have the potential to be scaled up in Africa and beyond, covering key SDGs related issues such as governance, climate change, disaster risk reduction, energy, agro-food, environment, and inclusiveness. It is expected to inspire governments, private sector and entrepreneurs, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and the general public to adopt, improve and share the Made in Africa and African tailored good practices in their SDG achievement journey.

Objectives

  • To promote the Africa Made Solutions to target the SDGs in Africa and beyond.
  • To promote peer to peer learning through the sharing of national African experiences of SSC/TrC practices and solutions in addressing development challenges.
  • To generate and promote opportunities for enhancing regional and country-level South-South and Triangular Cooperation post BAPA+40 in Africa.
  • To facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation among partners of the global South from a state to state, but also a whole-of-society type of approach.

Agenda

1. Introduction by facilitator and overview of the Agenda

  • Ms. Orria Goni, SDG Finance and South-South Cooperation Regional Advisor, UNDP Africa Finance Sector Hub

2. Opening Remarks

  • Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa
  • Mr. Adel Abdellatif, Director (a.i.) of United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

3. Launch of the publication “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Scaling up Made-in-Africa Solutions”

4. Keynote remarks on the African solutions codified

  • Mr. Ayodele Odusola, UNDP Africa Finance Sector Hub Manager

5. African country insights (facilitator: Mr. Francois Ekoko, Regional Coordinator for Africa, UNOSSC)

Lesotho National Dialogue and Stabilization Project for National Reforms through SSC among Southern African Development Community

  • Honourable ‘Matŝepo-Molise Ramakoae, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Lesotho

Accelerating the Transformational Shift to a Low-Carbon Economy in Mauritius

  • Honourable Georges Pierre Lesjongard, Minister, Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, Mauritius

Promotion of Renewable Energy Technologies in Public and Private Institutions in Ethiopia

  • H.E. Dr. Frehiwot Woldehanna, State Minister for Energy Sector, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia

Vocational Training Scholarships in the Hospitality Sector between Cabo Verde and Sao Tome and Principe

  • Mr. Alcides Barros, Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communities, Cabo Verde

6. Q&A – Open Discussion

7. Closing remarks & wrap-up

  • Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC