Forum calls for the advancement of South-South cooperation for increased green economic partnerships

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15 June 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan. High-level decision-makers and professionals in development cooperation from across the Arab States, Europe and the CIS regions, as well as from other regions, gathered at the Second Regional Networking Forum organized on the sidelines of the Astana Economic Forum 2017, to discuss the role of South-South and triangular cooperation in promoting green economic partnerships.

The Forum highlighted the examples of development cooperation and partnership initiatives, and explored the challenges and opportunities for the advancement of South-South Cooperation in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with a specific thematic focus on the role of the private sector in exchanging expert knowledge across the Arab States, Europe and the CIS, and beyond.

Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) Cihan Sultanoğlu, presented the first regional report SouthSouth and Triangular Cooperation: towards Sustainable Human Development in Europe and the CIS 

The Second Regional Networking Forum was co-hosted by the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana (ACSH), and jointly organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), United Nations Development Programme, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC).

Considering the ambitious development cooperation agenda of countries in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS, South-South Cooperation promotes itself as a complementary cooperation model in broadening the opportunities for creating partnerships, especially in the context of “creating a green economy” across all regions.

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Please contact Edem Bakshish, Chief of the Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, UNOSSC,

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