South-South Galaxy Regional Rollout Webinar for UN Entities in the Arab, Europe and the CIS Regions

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The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), through its Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, co-organized with the UN Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP), Arab States, the South-South Galaxy Regional Rollout Webinar for UN Entities in the Arab, Europe and the CIS Regions on 02 September 2021. This event also benefitted from the collaboration with and support of the RCP Europe and Central Asia (RCP-ECA) Secretariat and the UN Development Coordination Office (DCO) Regional Offices in Istanbul and Amman.

This event aimed at increasing UN entities’ ownership of the South-South Galaxy platform; facilitating proactive engagement to knowledge sharing and partnership brokering; and strengthening engagement in national, inter and intra-regional South-South, East-East, and triangular cooperation initiatives.

This first rollout is part of the Division’s efforts to bring relevant HQ processes and initiatives closer to actions both at the regional and country levels, in a more systematic and institutionalized manner. Given some of the developments in the last two years or so, including UN development system (UNDS) reform, the Division sees a great value in leveraging system-wide structures, processes, and mechanisms to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange of good practices at the regional, sub-regional, or inter-regional levels.

Agenda

Moderator:

Mr. Zanofer Ismalebbe, Regional Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, UNOSSC, Istanbul

16:00 – 16:10  Opening Remarks

Mr. Adel Abdellatif, Director a.i., UNOSSC, New York

Remarks on Behalf of the Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP), Arab States

Mr. Mounir Tabet, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCWA, Beirut

16:10 – 16:15  Context of South-South Galaxy

Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC, New York

16:15 – 16:40  Presentation and Demonstration of South-South Galaxy

Ms. Shams Banihani, Knowledge and Research Specialist, UNOSSC, New York

16:40 – 16:55  Field Perspective 

Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, UN Development Coordination Office, Istanbul

Dr. Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator, Georgia

Ms. Nathalie Fustier, UN Resident Coordinator, Saudi Arabia

16:55 – 17:00  User Perspective

Mr. Bobby M. Olarte, Senior Adviser, Inter-Country Cooperation, Policy and Strategy Division, UNFPA, New York 

17:00 – 17:15  Q and A

17:15 – 17:20  Closing Remarks

Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC, New York

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