UN holds high-level strategy forum in town for South-South cooperation

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) is holding a high-level, multi-­stakeholder strategy forum in Macau.
Kicking off yesterday, the two-day gathering focuses on scaling up global support for South-South and triangular cooperation in the context of the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The Forum aims to review and strategically align existing instruments and new approaches with partnerships and networks. Ideally, this will go toward building an institutional alliance of the Global South to address global and regional challenges.
Representatives and diplomats from over 70 countries and regions – such as Cambodia and Bangladesh – have assembled at the forum, along with officials from the UN General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation. They will not only review the major decisions and actions needed for a long-term South-South vision and strategic framework, but will also examine the efficacy of the existing multilateral South-South advocacy, financing and operational support architecture.
The Chinese Liaison Office’s representative, Shi Xuelin, cited China’s president, Xi Jinping, in his address, stating that China is firmly pushing for cooperation between Asian and African countries. He said that holding the forum in Macau is of great significance, as the ciy plays an important role in developing international cooperation by directly participating in the “Belt and Road” initiatives. BY

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