|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
High-level United Nations Conference, Authorized by General
Assembly, to Review South-South Economic Relations
Nairobi Gathering Will Mark 30th Anniversary of Buenos Aires
‘Plan of Action’ on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries
A high-level United Nations conference on South-South cooperation is to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1-3 December, 2009, the General Assembly has decided.
All States of the United Nations system, as well as intergovernmental organizations with observer status with the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations specialized agencies and other entities of the United Nations system, have been invited by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to participate in the Conference. Also invited are Non-Governmental Organizations and public and private sector development partners of the United Nations.
The Assembly decided, by resolution 64/1 of 6 October 2009, that the Conference is to be held “at the highest possible level”. It will have the overarching theme of “Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Development”. It will consist of plenary meetings and interactive multi-sector stakeholder round tables on two sub-themes: (i) Strengthening of the role of the United Nations system in supporting South-South and triangular cooperation; and (ii) South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Development: complementarities, specificities, challenges and opportunities”.
The Conference is the outcome of a United Nations decision to convene such a conference on the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among developing countries (TCDC).
The General Assembly has described South-South cooperation as an important element of international cooperation for development, which offers viable opportunities for developing countries in their individual and collective pursuits of sustained economic growth and sustainable development, and emphasized that South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but is complementary to North-South cooperation.
For more information, please contact: The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, UNDP, Director, Yiping Zhou, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +1 212 906 5737
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