National ecosystem enhancement matters to all South-South and triangular cooperation (SSC/TrC) stakeholders for successful engagement in and meaningful contribution to SSC/TrC as a means of achieving sustainable development and future. The BAPA+40 outcome document explicitly calls upon the UN development systems to assist developing countries with their institutional capacity development needed for SSC/TrC. By responding to the call, the redesigned South-South Cooperation Directors General Forum for Sustainable Development (DG Forum) aims at supporting the Global South with their South-South and triangular cooperation ecosystem enhancement. This year’s DG Forum will focus on making voices from the Global South heard on their challenges, approaches and good practices for Strengthening South-South and triangular cooperation institutional capacity and ecosystem for sustainable and resilient future in the context of COVID-19 and other global crises.
The DG Forum 2022 attracts the participation of Directors General of development cooperation agencies, national focal points for SSC/TrC, and other institutional partners from governments; representatives of UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, as well as regional and subregional institutions. The Forum will provide a space for countries and other key stakeholders to
- discuss their pressing capacity development needs and gaps to better plan and manage South-South and triangular cooperation, including emerging demands in the context of COVID-19 recovery and other global crises;
- share good practices and experiences in strengthening Southern countries’ institutional capacities and national ecosystems;
- discuss the role of the UN system and multilateral organizations in building institutional, human and technical capacities within Member States and the UN system needed for South-South and triangular cooperation.
The Outcome of the DG Forum will be specific recommendations and/or capacity development action plans to address the Southern countries’ capacity development demands and priorities to move forward South-South and triangular cooperation agenda for sustainable development at all levels and by all key stakeholders.
The DG Forum is an annual event organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in cooperation with co-hosting and sponsoring organizations. First launched in 2008, it has been an important advocacy tool and platform bringing together leaders from cooperation agencies and institutions of national governments and other partners and providing an opportunity to exchange views on SSC/TrC approaches and methodologies. This year’s DG Forum will be co-hosted by the Government of Thailand and the UNESCAP, with support from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).