The High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development & Launch of the South-South Education Foundation’s “One Laptop, One Dream” Initiative – 10 April, 2015

The High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development, held in support of the post-2015 development agenda and the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024”, took place in Hong Kong SAR, China on 10 April, 2015.

Co-organized and supported by the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD), the International Organization (IOSSC) for South-South Cooperation and the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development Asia-Pacific Finance Center (SS-SCSD APFC), with support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the High-Level Forum featured deliberation on the issues before the post-2015 development agenda negotiations and the objectives of the United Nations’ “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024”.

A press conference held the day prior featured key figures of the Forum, who remarked on the importance of such a gathering in Hong Kong. They underlined collaboration between countries from the Global South and the role of South-South Cooperation in progressing towards the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The Forum, which was attended by Ambassadors to the United Nations, government representatives, UN officials and private sector leaders, presented participants an opportunity to identify and promote capacity-building, investments and innovative technology solutions for development, especially within the rapidly expanding sustainable energy sector.

At the conclusion of the forum, a gala dinner was held to commence the opening of the South-South Education Foundation’s (SS-EF) “One Computer, One Dream” Initiative. The event featured a charity auction in which guests pledged to donate funds that will enable the South-South Education Foundation to provide low-powered, internet-ready computers to primary school students in 15 developing countries.