DCF Argentina High-level Symposium

San Martín Palace, Buenos Aires, 6-8 September 2017

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.


One-pager [EN] [FR] [ES]. Schedule of eventsProvisional programme. List of participants. Venue.

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
    • Statements
      • 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
Friday, 8 September 2017 ​

Issues briefs

  • 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

Media Gallery

Further recommended reading


Development Cooperation Forum

Argentine Republic

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs