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South-South Cooperation more important than ever
as countries work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals


12 September, Beijing – South-South Cooperation can play a catalyzing role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since the adoption of Buenos Aires Plan of Action, which lay the foundation for technological cooperation among development countries forty years ago, South-South Cooperation has evolved from its original focus on technology and economic cooperation. Today it covers nearly all areas of development, including infrastructure, energy, environment, small and medium enterprises, human development, healthcare, as well as education.


To observe the International Day for South-South Cooperation, the United Nations in China hosted a commemorative event, featuring a panel discussion. The event explored the changing dynamics and increasing importance of South-South Cooperation in the context of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


“South-South Cooperation is a key vehicle to achieve sustainable development. The scale and ambition of the SDGs calls for new actors to take on a much broader and more integrated role in development”, said Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in his welcoming remarks. “By focusing on resolving complex problems based on previously tested experiences in similar development contexts, developing countries can support each other by sharing more adaptive, locally relevant and usually cheaper solutions.”


Together with Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, Dr. Justin Yifu Lin, Professor of Peking University, and Ms. Han Hongmei, Chairman of China-Africa Fund for Industrial Cooperation, joined the panel discussion.


“China’s development offers both opportunities and new concepts to other developing countries”, Dr. Justin Lin pointed out. “Other countries can benefit from Chinas development, not only through China’s increasing overseas investment and trade, but also through learning from China’s experiences and by tailoring Chinese solutions to national conditions and contexts.” Ms. Han Hongmei, emphasized that the China-African Fund for Industrial Cooperation, which is one of the key vehicles of China-African cooperation in manufacturing and infrastructure, will continue to uphold ‘commitment, innovation, endeavor and win-win’ as the core values to promote industrial cooperation between China and African countries, and to enhance the well-being of people living in African countries.


The panelists and audience further explored perspectives on sustainable development. South-South Cooperation was acknowledged as a driving force to address global development challenges, including poverty alleviation, climate change, and industrial upgrading. It was concluded that expanding the breadth and depth of South-South Cooperation will build up capacity for more effective development assistance and give rise to new platforms for international collaboration.


A reception followed the panel discussion and the UN agencies displayed their work with Chinese partners on South-South Cooperation. The wide range of partnerships between the United Nations in China and Chinese partners illustrated productive ways in ensuring that China’s engagement in South-South Cooperation is conducted in an integrated manner that effectively facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Near 100 participants from the government, diplomatic corps, international organizations, private sector and media joined the event.



UN System in China

The UN System in China consists of 25 UN funds, programs and specialized agencies resident in China. All UN entities in China work in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations at various levels to support the Government to implement its national development objectives as well as Internationally Agreed Development Goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals. UN in China focuses its work on Poverty Reduction and Equitable Development, Improved and Sustainable Environment, and Enhanced Global Engagement.


For further information, please contact:
Ms. Zhang Siran, UN Communication Assistant

Tel: +86-13801219603 / +8610-85320890
Email: siran.zhang@one.un.org

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