National focal points on South-South and Triangular Cooperation met to discuss the common issues and opportunities for coordination of SSTC

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New York, 29-31 March 2016.The Familiarization and Experience exchange workshop was organized in the framework of ongoing efforts for capacity development for national South-South Coordination Units in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS with anticipated contribution to the advancement of the practical models for the coordination of South-South and Triangular Cooperation at the national level.

The government focal points on South-South Cooperation from several countries in the both regions that have successfully undertaken the national stock-taking on trends and opportunities for South-South and Triangular Cooperation with the leadership of their respective coordination institutions, representatives of other national-level institutions that could potentially contribute to position their countries as active supporters of SSTC, as well as the representatives of the Islamic Development Bank, and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss further practical steps in advancing exchange of experiences in the management of SSTC, including possible support by the IsDB in the framework of the Reverse Linkages initiative.

The participants were acquainted with a number of practical tools and instruments in support to SSTC, including SSC Secondment Scheme, the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for SSC, the IBSA Dialogue Forum and Funding Facility, the South-South Cooperation Solutions and Mechanisms Mapping Portal, and the WIDE Southern Experts Roster Center.

Once acquainted with the opportunities and exchanged experience on coordinating the SSC on national level for further facilitating the South-South and Triangular Cooperation, the participants formulated and expressed ideas for including into the regional- and national-level Reverse Linkage initiative in support to the capacity development for National South-South Coordination Units, as well as shared other ideas the countries may benefit from.

The proceedings of the workshop are expected to further contribute to the substance of the regional SSC Roadmap Initiative for the Arab States and for Europe and the CIS regions.

Presentations of the participants:

Day 1

  1. Algeria – Ambassador Merzak Belhimeur
  2. Familiarization Workshop – Edem Bakhshish
  3. Palestine PICA – H.E Imad Al-Zuhairi
  4. Turkey – Ali O. Sari
  5. UNDP BPPS – Simona Marinescu
  6. UNDP Kazakhstan-Victoria
  7. UNDP Kazakhstan-Yernar
  8. UNOSSC Denis
  9. UNOSSC Dingding-Mapping
  10. UNOSSC Francisco-Ines
  11. UNOSSC Rogel-GSSD Expo
  12. UNOSSC Teresa
  13. UNOSSC Vivian
  14. UNOSSC-Inyang

Day 2

  1. ISDB-Ahmed Faruk Diken
  2. Sudan-Abdelatti J. Osman
  3. UNDP PAPP-Nader
  4. Kazakhstan-Rauan Igenbaev
  5. Kazakhstan-Rauan Igenbaev (Russian)
  6. Turkic Council- H.E. Saparbekuly
  7. Algeria – Saida Zouggar
  8. Morocco – Louati Imane
  9. Turkey -Bulent Sonmez

Familiarization and Experience Exchange Workshop for Capacity Development for National South-South Coordination Units

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South-South Cooperation: South-South Cooperation is a process whereby two or more developing countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how, and through regional and interregional collective actions, including partnerships involving Governments, regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector, for their individual and/or mutual benefit within and across regions. South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South cooperation.

Triangular Cooperation: Triangular cooperation involves Southern-driven partnerships between two or more developing countries supported by a developed country(ies) or multilateral organization(s) to implement development cooperation programmes and projects. Evidence shows that in many instances Southern providers of development cooperation require the financial and technical support and expertise of multilateral and/or developed-country partners in the course of assisting other developing countries. Northern partners also benefit by being able to take advantage of increased institutional capacity in the South and to increase the impact of their aid disbursements by leveraging the resources of multiple Southern partners.

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation: The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) promotes, coordinates and supports South-South and triangular cooperation on a global and United Nations system-wide basis. Formerly known as the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, hosted by UNDP, was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1974. It receives policy directives and guidance from the General Assembly High-level Committee (HLC) on South-South Cooperation, which is a committee of the whole and a subsidiary body of the General Assembly that reviews worldwide progress in South-South cooperation.

For more information on South-South Cooperation: http://unsouthsouth.org