Trends, Opportunities and Challenges on the Path to Sustainable Development: Strengthening South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation in the COVID-19 Context (DG Forum 2021 Summary)

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The High-level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation (DG Forum) is a platform for national development cooperation agencies and institutions implementing South-South and triangular cooperation. Other stakeholders and practitioners of South-South and triangular cooperation are also invited to the Forum. The twelfth annual DG Forum, held online from 17 to 19 March 2021, brought together the heads of development cooperation agencies and institutions as well as other partners. It was the first DG Forum to take place in the context of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The DG Forum provided specific recommendations on how to move forward the South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation agenda for sustainable development through actionable and results-oriented solutions, particularly in the context of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to strengthen the institutionalization of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation for effective implementation of the recommendations in the outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40).

With that purpose in mind, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) co-organized the DG Forum on the overall theme of “trends, opportunities and challenges on the path to sustainable development: strengthening South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation in the COVID-19 context”. Over 160 participants attended the DG Forum.

More information about the DG Forum 2021: https://www.unsouthsouth.org/2021/01/13/2021-high-level-forum-of-directors-general-for-development-cooperation/