New York, February 25, 2014
On February 24 – 26, 2014, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a series of meetings within the Operational Activities for Development Segment, which focused on improving United Nations effectiveness, efficiency and results in developing countries. The South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD) was officially launched during the ECOSOC meeting at the United Nations.
The segment, opened by H.E. Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, Vice-President of ECOSOC, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, was attended by Ministers, Ambassadors, heads of UN agencies, programmes and funds, including UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP, as well as Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Mr. Hongbo Wu, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.
The ECOSOC meeting focused on UN operational activities and the progress of their technical implementation as defined by the roles of the UN development system. The specialized agencies, who put into effect their directives and capabilities in support of the policies and priorities of the United Nations, focused on the importance of sharing practices in areas such as education, health, energy and food security. Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, Executive President of SS-SCSD, stressed the importance of a practical and result-oriented platform for cooperation and partnership to promote capacity-building and sustainable development within the framework of South-South Cooperation.
Participants of the meeting mentioned that the robust economic growth of a number of countries of the South has had a significant impact on the development prospects of other Southern countries. An increasing number of developing countries have become regional centers of economic dynamism, acting not only as significant beneficiaries but also as benefactors of South-South exchanges.
With a general consensus on appropriate action in terms of development, which was also highlighted during the high-level meetings of Rio+20, the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD) was deemed a key component in supporting the efforts of the UN Member States, congregating various mechanisms and initiatives, and bringing a valuable contribution to the implementation of the UN objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Agenda, and South-South and Triangular Cooperation in a changing development cooperation landscape.
The SS-SCSD will mobilize support for expanded and deepened multi-stakeholder partnerships, in the context of South-South and triangular cooperation, with a view to produce concrete results by linking training and capacity-building, financing and investment opportunities, and access to international markets. Through the SS-SCSD’s ongoing objectives, it will spearhead the attainment of development-oriented initiatives throughout the Global South.