New York, December 9, 2013
The South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD) is advancing the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals through a cooperation between the International Organization for South-South Cooperation (IOSSC), an initiative under SS-SCSD, and the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.”
Initially launched during the High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development held in Hong Kong on July 18, 2013, the cooperation effort resulted in a series of joint events at the United Nations, including a technological presentation on September 20th. Subsequently, on December 9th, IOSSC and Kyiv Polytechnic Institute held a thematic presentation on the research and development of water treatment technologies and the implementation of advanced solutions within the water treatment sector at IOSSC headquarters in New York.
H.E. Alexandru Cujba, Vice-Chairperson of SS-SCSD, hosted the discussion between ambassadors, diplomats and officials to the United Nations, private sector representatives, scientists, and development experts revolving around the practical aspects of the presented technologies, including their availability, installation, production capacities, costs and energy requirements. Designed as a contribution to the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, and aimed specifically at the needs of Small Island Developing States, the event helped both presenters and representatives of different countries to focus on the goal of identifying concrete perspectives of collaboration and development of pilot-projects.
Water has become one of the key issues of global development and it is of utmost important to ensure that private and governmental entities cooperate in order to both modernize existing mechanisms and create new solutions to tackle water-related issues using the SS-SCSD’s capacity to identify, establish and secure partnerships for sustainable development.
IOSSC, under the guidance of the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development, followed up the meeting with further collaboration with the Permanent Missions of developing nations, setting up channels of communication between all stakeholders, and coordinating the development and implementation of pilot projects in interested states.