The Launch of Institute of South-South
Cooperation and Development
29 April 2016, Beijing
UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alain Noudéhou attended the ceremony
Launch Ceremony of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development
(ISSCAD) held in Beijing University, 29 Apirl, 2016. UN Resident Coordinator
Mr. Alain Noudéhou attended the ceremony.
Noudéhou gave the opening speech to the ceremony, he believed that the
establishment of the Institute comes at a critical time, as is the first year
for implementing the 2030 Agenda. Mr. Noudéhou is optimistic to the prospect of
the ISSCAD, he believed that the institute will indeed produce effective and
innovative solutions for development in the near future through accelerating
information exchanges, cultivating high-level talent and building capacity.
Noudéhou made two suggestions in hope of improving the impact of South-South
it is critical to address gaps in institutional capacities in partner countries
so as to strengthen their abilities to implement tailor-made south-south
solutions. He suggested that South-South cooperation should go beyond what is
usually expected. It is even more important to ensure that recipient countries
can put them into proper use. Thus, it is important to have a center like
ISSCAD to help build the capacity that is also required to make sure that
countries are able to align their policy and institutional set-up to better
absorb any technology exchanges as a result of South-South cooperation.
Mr. Noudéhou believed that all South-South cooperation initiatives should be on
demand driven basis, and the services or goods provided should address specific
weaknesses or bottlenecks that have been identified in the receiving country.
If a certain country is engaged in a South-South cooperation, the partnership
in that particular country will be much more impactful and successful if the
cooperation, whether it’s policy advice or technology, responds to particular
bottlenecks that have been identified. South-South cooperation that is only
based on goodwill may not be that helpful.
Noudéhou also suggested that South-South cooperation and learning across
communities should be an integral part of the solution. He commended China for
its outstanding contribution to South-South cooperation and the establishment
of this institute in order to further advance this approach. He also mentioned
China’s significant commitment in New York last year which indicates government’s
addition, Mr. Noudéhou told the audience that several UN Agencies in China had
already engaged in supporting South-South cooperation. Moreover, the entire UN
Development System stands ready to continue to support China’s leadership in
this area. With the extensive network and presence in most countries in the
south, UN are able to help identify real bottlenecks and facilitate the
required capacity building in them. For instance, UN can help to collect
first-hand data, share international best-practices, facilitate peer-to-peer
dialogues, support customized solutions and broker the required implementation
partnerships among developing countries to facilitate successful implementation
of South-South cooperation both from the actual developing aid perspective and
also from the learning perspective.
Mr. Noudéhou mentioned that it is important for the world to muster relevant
resources and put in applicable, well-crafted strategies that will effectively
generate growth and share prosperity while leaving no-one behind. It is also
helpful to address multi-faceted and interconnected development challenges that
often cut across national borders, such as achieving the 1717 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) that are included in the Agenda.
In the end, Mr. Noudéhou expressed his wishes to the institute. Other attendees include Mr. Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy China International Trade Representative, Mr. Zhu Shanlu, CPC Committee Secretary of Peking University, Mr. Victor Sikonina, Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in China & Ambassador of the Republic of Madagascar to China and Mr. Justin Lin, Dean of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development.