The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the plan to transform the world agreed at the UN by 193 countries, cannot happen without “the ideas, energy, and tremendous ingenuity of the countries of the South,” said UN chief António Guterres on Wednesday, speaking at the opening session of the 2018 Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo), alongside María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the General Assembly, and other senior UN officials.
Sharing successful ideas across national borders to help transform developing countries in the southern hemisphere remains a challenge, but it’s “really making a difference”.
That’s according to Jorge Chediek, director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, and Envoy of the Secretary-General on the issue, speaking ahead of the annual Global South-South Development Expo taking place back where it all began, at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Three leaders in “South-South Cooperation”, together with $33 million in contributions, are helping 15 of the least developed countries in the world move ahead with achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
India, Brazil, and South Africa - three nations from different economies and different continents - launched the latest IBSA Fund report on Monday, which helps developing countries advance their goals, in partnership with the UN.
Collaboration between developing countries, or south-south cooperation as it’s known, has been hailed as “a powerful way” to support vulnerable nations.
That viewpoint has been expressed by the senior UN official who is galvanizing global action to bring about a more sustainable future for all.
Dr David Nabarro is the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has been described as a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.