Key role for South-South cooperation in realizing new development agenda

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The “great potential” of South-South cooperation to improve the well-being of the majority of the planet’s people has been highlighted by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said this partnership can play a key role in implementing a new development agenda aimed at creating a sustainable future for all people and the planet.

South-South cooperation refers to collaboration between two or more developing countries in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical sectors.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ban’s comments come in a message marking the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, observed on 12 September. 

He said developing countries have become critical players in the global socioeconomic landscape. 

Many have attained middle-income status. 

Others have recorded impressive economic growth, high savings and investment rates, or have boosted their share in the trade in goods and services. 

This month, world leaders are expected to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they meet at the UN General Assembly. 

The Secretary-General said that as the international community embarks on this effort, momentum for development across the South needs to accelerate. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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