18th Session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation

New York, May 19-22, 2014

The 18th session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation took place from May 19th-22nd at the United Nations under the theme, “ The Contribution of South-South and Triangular Cooperation to the Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, opened the meeting and remarked on its opportune timing and relevant theme, as it is a critical stage in the deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda. President Ashe affirmed his support for the measures that the Secretary-General has taken to strengthen the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), including the appointment of Mr. Yiping Zhou, Special Representative on South-South Cooperation, as Director of UNOSSC.

President Ashe also remarked on the influential power South-South cooperation has on a variety of areas that are critical to development, including health and food security, and the importance of the utilization of South-South cooperation in delivering results that are beneficial and relevant to the needs of the global South. In this manner, the goals, objectives and targets of the post-2015 development agenda can be actualized within the emerging development framework.

Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), spoke on the importance of the United Nations development system support for South-South and triangular cooperation. UNDP’s new Strategic Plan places South-South cooperation at the center of a number of development concerns by both hosting UNOSSC to strengthen support and coordination for South-South cooperation and by utilizing UNDP’s country and programme reach and resources, acting as an operational arm for broader UN system access.

Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director of UNOSSC, introduced the main documents for consideration by the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation that highlighted South-South developments at the bilateral, regional and interregional levels, outcomes and lessons learned by Member States and the UN development system in implementing South-South and triangular cooperation, and recommendations for strengthening UNOSSC. The reports also recommended that UNDP would continue hosting UNOSSC and supporting its functionality through its capacity for effective global operation.

Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, was elected as Chair of the High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, and the committee will continue to work closely with Member States and UN Organizations under his leadership and guidance.

The meeting followed the 17th Session held 22-25 May 2012 titled, “Promoting socio-economic transformation through infrastructure development, employment creation, social cohesion and transfer of technologies using South-South cooperation.” The High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation is convened every two years by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to review South-South cooperation and progress made within the United Nations development system.