“South-South Cooperation is a global exercise of all countries of the South to benefit everyone, including the Least Developed Countries. Every country, every partner has something to share or teach, whatever their circumstances.”
-- UN Secretary-General António Guterres' opening Statement at the UN Conference on South-South Cooperation in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Partnership among equals based on solidarity
The High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, held in Nairobi in December 2009, defines South-South Cooperation as a “partnership among equals based on solidarity".
The benefits of South-South cooperation in terms of peer learning from countries with similar challenges have been noted during exchanges at training workshops organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCCT) and during engagements with Permanent Missions. Many Member States have also offered to share their knowledge and experiences in counter-terrorism in a sustained manner, including by offering training courses on specific counter-terrorism challenges, providing financial and monetary cooperation as well as in-kind contributions
South-South Cooperation programming
In that context, UNCCT is implementing a global project to promote exchange of expertise between countries from selected countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and to enhance capacities to design and implement related policies and mechanisms. The project will also help build new partnerships, strengthen institutional and technical capacities, respond to the specific challenges of developing countries in CT/ PVE and enhance cooperation.
Beyond the implementation of the project, UNOCT/UNCCT has developed a programme to facilitate the mainstreaming of South-South Cooperation in OCT and Global Compact Entities activities and policies.