The Launch of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development

The Launch of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development

29 April 2016, Beijing

UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Alain Noudéhou attended the ceremony

The 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Noudéhou made two suggestions in hope of improving the impact of South-South cooperation.

Firstly, 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.

Secondly, 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.

Mr. 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 determination.

In 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.

Besides, 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.

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