The twenty first century has witnessed a dramatic global transformation and brought new, unprecedented and increasingly complex threats and challenges to which the international community responds with strengthened efforts and measures addressing the socio-economic development needs of our peoples, develops and put into practice new mechanisms and constructive patters of collaboration.

The UN Member States agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); adopted measures to mobilize financial resources for development; forged innovative partnerships; launched concrete schemes towards achieving MDGS, including South-South and Triangular arrangements; took collective steps to develop a post-2015 framework and agreed at the RIO+20 Conference to formulate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to produce a new Sustainable Development Agenda.

It is in such a context and in order to support the efforts of the UN Member States, to congregate various mechanisms and initiatives, and to bring a valuable contribution to the implementation of the UN objectives including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Agenda, and South-South and Triangular Cooperation, the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD) has been created.

Closely working with and supported by Member States, the Committee will promote, facilitate, and provide substantive guidance to the development oriented initiatives by the SS-SCSD umbrella (“SS-SCSD Initiatives”) in fulfilling their overall mission to advance the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Agenda, and South-South and Triangular Cooperation.


The Committee has a structure that allows inputs from all stakeholders at global, regional and national levels, and it is supported by a Secretariat. The Committee’s Secretariat functions are overseen by an Executive Secretary.

The Committee comprises members of high integrity and objectivity who have proven experience in senior positions in public and development sectors.