ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Key decision-makers and practitioners coordinating development cooperation from over 40 countries of the Arab States, and the Europe and the CIS regions, will gather at the Fourth Regional Networking Forum in Istanbul to discuss the role of South-South and triangular cooperation in promoting entrepreneurship and engaging the private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
South-South cooperation has grown significantly in the last decades and is reinvigorating the ways countries are sharing solutions to development problems. The Fourth Regional Networking Forum will be an opportunity for government focal points on South-South cooperation and high-level representatives of development cooperation institutions, the private sector and civil society to focus on how the private sector in Arab States, Europe and the CIS and beyond can be successfully integrated into the 2030 Agenda and strategically engaged in development cooperation, specifically through the South-South and triangular cooperation mechanisms.
Participants from the regions, as well as other parts of the world, the United Nations system, and other key global and regional multilateral institutions will take stock of the progress made against the recommendations of the previous Forums, and share best practices, proposals and experiences to engage the private sector in order to support the achievement of the SDGs via South-South cooperation. The leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the Union for Mediterranean, the Islamic Development Bank, the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries, the UNDP Regional Hub in Istanbul, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, as well as high-level representatives of other international organizations are expected to contribute to the event.
The Forum will consider examples of innovative solutions for the engagement of the private sector in achieving 2030 Agenda, present concrete models of partnership among development institutions and private-sector, and take a closer look at the means of engagement and the role of private sector institutions in advancing the South-South knowledge and technology transfer.
One of the highlights of this forum will be the concept of the Union for Mediterranean Business Platform, which will be launched during the Forum. SESRIC and UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development will launch the joint publication on Best Practices Guidelines and Toolkit on Engaging the Private Sector in Skills Development. In addition, the IsDB will showcase how it is using its Reverse Linkage modality—a scaled-up technical cooperation mechanism—to engage the private sector in order to support the achievement of the SDGs.
It is also anticipated that the South-South In Action publication for Croatia and the reports on the trends and opportunities for advancing South-South Cooperation in Djibouti, Georgia, and Montenegro will be launched during the Forum.
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For more information, please contact: Edem Bakshish, Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, UNOSSC, firstname.lastname@example.org