Focus Area 2: South-South Cooperation

The sharing of development policies, priorities, resources and solutions among developing countries can build capacity and catalyze development efforts.

South-South cooperation is on the rise in scale and scope. It is recognized as crucial in collective efforts to address such challenges as poverty eradication, climate change, food security, social protection, public health and infrastructure development.

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. They stress its potential in mobilizing ‘means of implementation’, from resource mobilization and international tax cooperation to policy coherence, development effectiveness and science, technology and innovation.

The role of the DCF

The DCF is a trusted, open and inclusive space for Southern partners to share their experiences, good practices, solutions and challenges amongst themselves and with the range of actors in international development cooperation.

Through the work of the DCF, the United Nations also supports, at their request, the ongoing discussions among Southern partners on improving the availability, quality and comparability of data and information on their development cooperation efforts.

The role of UNDESA

UNDESA leads UN system-wide efforts in estimating the quantum of South-South and triangular cooperation, its geographical and sectorial distribution, effectiveness and impact. It presents this work in the Report of the Secretary-General on “Trends and progress in international development cooperation” and Report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development. More elaborated analysis is shared in the International Development Cooperation Report. 

The first preparatory symposium for the 2018 DCF is expected to focus on South-South and triangular cooperation. For more information, see here.

“The distinct features and guiding principles of South-South cooperation are especially suited to implement many aspects of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda” - Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs


2017 DCF Argentina High-level Symposium on South-South cooperation

DCF Analytical work

Latest statements

South-South Cooperation in the United Nations System