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12 September 2019

Today, the 12th of September is the United Nations Day for South-South cooperation. South-South cooperation involves the exchange of technology, knowledge, expertise and resources among developing countries. It is recognized as an important mechanism for development cooperation and technology transfer for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Developing countries are increasingly working together to address their respective development challenges.

2019 marks the 41st anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. In March 2019, during the Second United Nations High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), the international community reaffirmed its commitment to South-South cooperation and called on UN agencies to enhance their efforts to facilitate it among developing countries.

UNEP is working to enhance it support to countries as they combine efforts to solve development challenges and share lessons and experiences with each other. Our collective aim is to deliver on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. To this end, UNEP, supported by Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals, are currently developing a new corporate strategy for South-South cooperation.

We have also engaged with other UN agencies towards the development of an UN-wide South-South cooperation strategy and a digital information exchange platform “South-South Galaxy” which will be launched in New York today.