The 20th session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation met 1-4 June 2021 to review progress made in implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, the new directions strategy for South-South cooperation, the Nairobi outcome document of the High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation and the Buenos Aires outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40). Convening on 11 May, the Organizational Meeting of the twentieth session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation elected the Bureau for its 20th session and adopted its agenda.

Delegates, at this first High-level Committee following BAPA+40, also considered follow-up actions arising from previous sessions of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, notably at its nineteenth session, in 2016. Deliberations also focused on actions arising out of the consideration of the Report of the Secretary-General to the ​nineteenth ​session (SSC/19/2), which contained a comprehensive proposal on concrete ways to enhance the role and impact of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, as well as the key measures taken to improve the coordination and coherence of United Nations support to South-South cooperation.

The thematic discussion of the twentieth session, decided by the Bureau of the High-level Committee, focused on “Accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through effective implementation of the BAPA+40 outcome document while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and similar global crises”.

At the request of the Secretary-General, UNOSSC coordinated the preparation of the United Nations system-wide South-South strategy on South-South and triangulation cooperation for sustainable development with the engagement of the United Nations Inter-Agency Mechanism for South-South and Triangular Cooperation and other stakeholders. As requested by the BAPA+40 outcome (A/RES/73/291, para 27 (f)), Member States were informed about the Strategy during the 20th Session of the High-level Committee.

General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, 20th Session

Date: 1-4 June 2021

PRE-SESSION MATERIALS

  • Provisional agenda and annotations for the organizational meeting to be held in New York on 11 May 2021 (SSC/20/L.1)

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  • Provisional annotated agenda and list of documents for the twentieth session (SSC/20/L.2)

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  • Note by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on adoption of the agenda and organization of work (SSC/20/L.3)

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IN-SESSION DOCUMENTS

  • Review of progress made in implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, the new directions strategy for South-South cooperation, the Nairobi outcome document of the High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation and the Buenos Aires outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC/20/1)

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  • Report of the Secretary-General ​on progress made in the implementation of decision 19/1 of the High-level Committee and proposals to advance South-South and triangular cooperation as an important element of the global development cooperation to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SSC/20/2)

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DOCUMENTS FOR INFORMATION

THEMATIC DISCUSSION

  • Accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through effective implementation of the BAPA+40 outcome document while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and similar global crises (2 June 2021, 3 – 5 pm, NY time) | Concept Note | Agenda

SIDE EVENTS

  • The United Nations and the scaling up of South-South and triangular cooperation to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (1 June 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm, NY time) | Concept Note | Program
  • South-South and triangular cooperation funding mechanisms: A complementary and multifaceted cooperation for sustainable development (2 June 2021, 8:15 – 9:45 am, NY time) | Concept Note & Program
  • Triangular cooperation post BAPA+40: A multi-stakeholder partnership for the achievement of 2030 Agenda (3 June 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm, NY time) | Concept Note | Program

BACKGROUND MATERIAL ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION

Documents and Reports:
  • Operational activities for development: South-South cooperation for development, Report of the Second Committee* (A/75/463/Add.2) [2020]
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the State of South-South cooperation (A/75/371) [2020]
  • South-South cooperation, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 21 December 2020 (A/RES/75/234) [2020]
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the State of South-South cooperation (A/74/336) [2019]
  • Report of the Secretary-General: Role of South-South cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Challenges and opportunities (A/73/383) [2018]
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the State of South-South cooperation (A/73/321) [2018]
  • Joint Inspection Unit progress report of the recommendations contained in the review of South-South and triangular cooperation in the United Nations system (JIU/REP/2018/2) [2018]
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the State of South-South cooperation (A/72/297) [2017]
  • Report of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, 19th Session (A/71/39) [2016]
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