News in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS


Horticulture development for improved quality of life and enhanced food security

Tashkent, 1 September 2017 – Agriculture development and food security has faced many challenges in developing countries, hence the adoption of modern technology in horticulture ranging from greenhouse technology, micro-irrigation to post-harvest technologies, has become necessary in improving the quality of life with food security.

UNOSSC brought the benefits of SSC to the attention of the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) in addressing challenges faced by the youth

Kampala, Uganda. The Commonwealth brings together government ministers, senior officials, young leaders, and youth workers from across the globe for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 July to 4 August 2017.

Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources is learning to advance the SDGs with South-South and Triangular Cooperation

6-7 June 2017, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources hosted the training course organized by UNOSSC and the UN System Staff College for the key staff of the Ministry. The participants got acquainted with the skills and knowledge on how to use South-South and triangular cooperation for pursuing development […]

Call for Experts in Agriculture: Value chain information for farmers in Algeria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Sudan

Relevant experts are invited to apply for consultancy assignments for producing country-specific content for farmers in Algeria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Sudan.

Morocco: The National System of Identification and Animal traceability (SNIT)

The SNIT – Système national d’identification et traçabilité animales – is a tool for the management of animal diseases and food safety traceability. Through the use of electronic chips that use radio frequencies, it allows tracing the history of each animal including movements and events throughout its life. By integrating this identification formula, Morocco is now aligned with international standards and is effectively improving the health program management and production performance control of animal livestock.

Sudan: Sustainable Agriculture in Drought Areas

The technology of Water Harvesting and Conservation Agriculture was developed and demonstrated in Sudan. The solution enabled alleviation of the most common impacts of drought and dry spells on rain-fed crop productivity. It stabilized and significantly increased crop yield and improved farmers food security and income. It was tested and successfully replicated in several areas in the country, the technology helped to transform traditional rain-fed agriculture to profitable, competitive and sustainable economic sector.

UN Report: South-South cooperation presents a lower-cost approach to achieving development goals

June 15, 2017. Astana, Kazakhstan – A new study by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and UNDP explores how countries can benefit from each other by sharing practical knowledge generated at various levels of government, civil society and the private sector in addressing human development challenges.

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

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.

South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Towards Sustainable Human Development in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

In the Europe and the CIS region, the concept of South-South cooperation may be relatively new but the experience of horizontal, peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge is not, with a significant tradition and, more recently, a renewed vibrancy. This report is not meant to provide full and comprehensive analytical research on the status […]

Egypt: Addressing the needs of the hearing impaired

The Khalifa Computer Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Education, developed a package of software which aims to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by using ICTs to facilitate access to information and knowledge, boost interaction with the community and increase opportunities for employment. Called "Tawasol ", the computer software provides a tool for disabled students, their teachers, and family members to enhance communication between each other and the society at large.