United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 2019

In 2019 the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation on 12 September marks the 41st anniversary of the 1978 adoption by consensus of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries

South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the South that contributes to their national well-being, their national and collective self-reliance and the attainment of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That cooperation is done through a broad framework of collaboration among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, intraregional or interregional basis. Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts.

To highlight the importance of South-South Cooperation, the General Assembly in its resolution 58/220 decided to observe the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation on 12 September every year. The date commemorates the adoption in 1978 of the "Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA)" by 138 Member States. The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the south and highlights UN's efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries.
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This year, a special commemorative event was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 12 September in Conference Room 6, from 10am-12pm. Keynote messages were delivered by United Nations Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres and H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

This was followed by the launch of an independent report on South-South and triangular cooperation entitled “Cooperation Beyond Convention”.

The South-South Galaxy global knowledge sharing and partnership-brokering platform was launched.

A video message was presented from H.E. Mr. Jorge Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina on behalf of the BAPA+40 host country.

Commemorative Statements were delivered by H.E. Ms. Audra Plepyté, Permanent Representative of Lithuania and Co-facilitator of BAPA+40; H.E. Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine and Chair of the Group of 77; H.E. Mr. Philip Ochen Andrew Odida, Deputy Permanent Representative of Uganda, representing the President of the 19th Session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, and Co-facilitator of BAPA+40; and Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, BAPA+40 Secretary-General.

Speaking on the theme of “Moving From Commitments to Action” H.E. Mr. Jun Zhang, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China; H.E. Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India; and H.E. Mr. Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan announced new programmes and initiatives.

The event was moderated by Mr. Jorge Chediek, UNOSSC Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation.

Click here for more information about other worldwide activities of this special UN Day for South-South Cooperation: https://www.unsouthsouth.org/un-south-south-cooperation-day-2019-activities-around-the-world/
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