Regional Consultation on South-South Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific
The United Nations General Assembly resolutions 71/318 and 71/244 mandated the United Nations Secretariat to convene the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South cooperation on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40). The overarching theme is “Role of South-South cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: challenges and opportunities”. The United Nations Secretariat was encouraged to hold regional, sub-regional or sectoral United Nations meetings prior to the Conference in the first half of 2018.
The Regional Consultation Meeting on South-South Cooperation for Asia and the Pacific, jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Government of Thailand.
The Meeting will provide an informal forum for participants to review the South-South cooperation trends, challenges and opportunities in the region in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will provide countries with a platform to share their own experiences as providers or beneficiaries of the South-South and triangular cooperation, their institutional arrangements, policies and lessons learned. The Meeting will also look at how to leverage the partnerships with the various stakeholders, including the civil society, think tanks and the private sector. The outcome of this Meeting is in the form of Chairman’s summary, which is non-binding, and it will inform the second High-level Conference.
The Meeting is expected to be attended by the heads of the national agencies/units responsible for South-South cooperation and/or development cooperation as well as resource persons from private sector, think tanks, and civil society organizations.
In conjunction with this Meeting, the Inaugural Round Table of the Asia-Pacific Forum for South-South Cooperation will be held on 29 June 2018, from 09:00-12:00 hours.
An Exhibition entitled “Good practices for South-South cooperation in Asia and the Pacific in the context of the 2030 Agenda” will be also held during this Meeting and member States and the United Nations partners agencies are encouraged to participate in this exhibition.