High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Hong Kong, July 18, 2013 

Dignitaries, including UN officials, Ambassadors, Ministers, Heads of State and Government, and distinguished members of the private sector gathered in Hong Kong to discuss the role of South-South cooperation in achieving sustainable development and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Co-organized with ITU, UN-Habitat, WTO, and the International Organization for South-South Cooperation (IOSSC), an initiative launched under the guidance of South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD), the forum revolved around cooperation and partnership as an increasingly important vehicle for reaching development goals.

H.E. Mr. Francis Lorenzo, Executive President of SS-SCSD, presided over the meeting, which brought about dialogue from various high-level guests, who shared their expertise and experiences with the successful promotion of economic and social advancement in areas of the Global South.

H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, reminded attendees to consider international organizations’ great potential for generating, facilitating and leveraging more opportunities, in an increasingly complex socio-economic atmosphere, for South-South cooperation.

H.E. Mr. Alexandru Cujba, Vice-Chairperson of SS-SCSD, remarked on the importance of the forum as opportunity to examine all proposals, ideas and recommendations for advancing the Millennium Development Goals through a unified political will. Through such collaborative efforts, the forum would be able to send a strong message to advance with projects worldwide, for definitive and tangible results.

Forum members discussed the potential for development through SS-SCSD’s approach to defining and ultimately adopting sustainable development measures. H.E. Palitha T.B. Kahona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, maintained that such undertakings, especially the management of time and resources in the ever-expanding economies of the South, is an essential function and integral part of the workings of internationally-based initiatives like SS-SCSD.

H.E. Mr. Andrei Stratan, Co-Chair of Steering Committee, took the floor and encouraged direct collaboration between initiatives, their partners, and interested stakeholders through the Committee’s access to data, technical knowledge, and ability to provide resources necessary for implementation of sustainable development initiatives.

The South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development’s continued response to the call of the United Nations Secretary-General helps scale up the impact of South-South cooperation by fostering public-private partnerships, innovative financing, and immediate access for South-South and triangular cooperation and development.