Symposium Summary, available here
The DCF Argentina High-level Symposium took place in Buenos Aires on 6-8 September 2017, as the first preparatory symposium for the 2018 Development Cooperation Forum and as a key milestone in the run up to BAPA+40.
Nearly forty years since the historic UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries of 1978 in Buenos Aires, South-South cooperation has become an effective modality for the exchange of capacity building, technology and know-how among developing countries. Both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda welcome the increased contribution of South-South cooperation to poverty eradication and sustainable development.
South-South cooperation, also in partnership with other stakeholders, has the potential to foster trade, strengthen bilateral and regional ties, as well as become an effective way of mobilizing resources.
South-South and triangular cooperation continue to expand and evolve. They are flourishing at different levels, involving a multiplicity of actors. The symposium will bring together policymakers and development experts representing the diversity of stakeholders to advance South-South and triangular cooperation in the SDG era.
- Explore the challenges and opportunities faced by South-South and triangular cooperation, 40 years after the Buenos Aires Plan of Action.
- Identify distinctive elements of South-South and triangular cooperation that may contribute to the implementation of the SDGs, based on experience and best practices.
- Build the evidence base, in terms of distinctive approaches, contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and to the overall picture on means of implementation.
- Advance multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing and mutual learning to get better results on the ground.
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
- DCF Workshop 16:00 – 18:00 “South-South Cooperation forty years since BAPA: challenges and opportunities”, 10:15 – 11:45
Thursday, 7 September 2017
- Opening sessions, 09:30 – 10:15
- H.E. Ms. Gabriela MICHETTI, Vice President of ARGENTINA
- H.E. Mr. Jorge FAURIE, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, ARGENTINA
- Mr. LIU Zhenmin, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA
- Ms. Alicia BARCENA, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) [EN] [SP]
- Session I: “The role of South-South and triangular cooperation in achieving the 2030 and Addis Agendas and Paris Agreement: regional and national perspectives”, 10:15 – 11:45
- Session II: “Enabling South-South and triangular frameworks for multi-stakeholder approaches”, 12:00 – 13:30
- Session III: “Role of multilateral development banks in South-South cooperation”, 14:30 – 16:00
- Session IV: “Fostering an inclusive international cooperation system that generates sustained incentives for sustainable development”, 16:15 – 17:45
Friday, 8 September 2017
- Session V: “Building and strengthening institutions of South-South cooperation and reaching outcomes”, 09:00 – 11:00
- Session VI: “Mobilizing science, technology and innovation through South-South cooperation”, 11:30 – 13:00
- Session VII: “South-South Cooperation, Climate Change and the New Urban Agenda”, 14:30 – 16:00
- “Wrap-up. Key Messages and Way Forward”, 16:30 – 17:30
- Closing sessions, 17:00 – 18:00
- Brief 1: The evolution of South-South development cooperation: Its role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
- Brief 2: Fostering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: the role of multilateral development banks in South-South cooperation; Figure for brief 2
- Brief 3: Promoting sustainable development through triangular cooperation
- Brief 4: The role of South-South Cooperation in the achievement of SDGs and the BAPA + 40 Conference
- Press releases
- Video interviews
Further recommended reading
- What is development cooperation?
- 2016 Development Cooperation Forum official summary
- Chapter 1 of Report of South-South Cooperation in Ibero America report [EN] [SP]
Development Cooperation Forum
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs