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Sunday, 8 September 2013

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 2013, September 12

The tenth United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation will be celebrated on 12 September 2013 highlighting the scaling up of South-South flows of trade, investment, technology, and know-how as an increasingly important dimension of development co-operation.

A series of events throughout the day will include an opening ceremony and inaugural addresses, a featured event on the India, Brazil and South-Africa (IBSA) Fund and two panel discussions. All the events will take place at CB Conference Room 3 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (TBC), and other UN and UNDP high-level representatives will participate in the opening ceremony at 10am. Following their remarks, the featured event IBSA Fund: A Flagship Initiative in South-South Cooperation” will highlight the commitment of the IBSA Fund to poverty and hunger alleviation and how innovative South-South partnerships are positively impacting the development landscape” with remarks by the Permanent Representatives of IBSA Fund countries to the UN, and Permanent Representatives of IBSA Fund partner countries. IBSA Fund initiatives include efforts in Palestine, Laos, Viet Nam, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Cape Verde, and Burundi. The panel will be followed by the launch of an exhibition and the IBSA Fund Project Portfolio Overview.

The afternoon sessions will discuss experiences of the World Bank and the Republic of Korea in South-South collaboration followed by a panel on South-South sharing of Social Protection Floors, highlighting experiences led by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and facilitated by the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

"South-South cooperation has the potential to balance growth and equity on a global scale. Even in the midst of severe economic, social and political instabilities, South-South cooperation has continued to drive buoyant trade and financial flows in recent years,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a
 Message during the UN Day of South-South Cooperation in 2012.

“In these past ten years, we were able to develop policies that raised global awareness in support of South-South cooperation, enable Member States to set policies and principles, facilitate coordination and mainstreaming of South-South Cooperation within the UN system, enabled national governments to better manage their South-South Cooperation initiatives, and fostered intra regional networking”, said Yiping Zhou, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

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