Over the last few decades, South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation have become widely recognized for their strategic benefit in knowledge-sharing and mutual learning in development cooperation. Contributors involved in South-South cooperation have a genuine passion for helping their peers with what they themselves have experienced. Traditional donors in the North, including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), are assisting the development cooperation of Southern countries through the triangular cooperation mechanism. However, we also have been learning a great deal from our new partners from the global South. South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation are indeed rewarding work in progress.
Now the global development agenda is in transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the post-2015 development agenda. In such an environment, identifying how South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation have been contributing to the achievement of the MDGs and discussing how they could serve the emerging issues such as the green economy are important steps as we move forward.
In regard to understanding South-South and triangular cooperation, complication is often the issue as South-South and triangular cooperation evolve with more variety in such efforts. Therefore, I cannot stress enough that it is crucial and beneficial for all of us who are involved in South-South and triangular cooperation to continue to exchange lessons and update one another with innovative tools for South-South and triangular cooperation. I am proud that JICA is a part of the efforts to hold this Directors-General Forum annually because I believe that the Forum offers the best opportunity to meet regularly and to foster action-oriented learning together.
Thanks to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the Forum was a success, with the active participation of dedicated practitioners of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation. We hope that the High-level Forum and the Global South-South Development Expo will continue to serve as the milestones for these evolving modalities of development cooperation.
Director-General, Operations Strategy Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency