South-South Cooperation in the News

Speech By Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director At Beijing Meeting On South-South Cooperation On Climate Change

Speech By Ibrahim ThiawYour Excellency Minister Xie, Ladies and gentlemen - welcome!

Let me start by thanking my colleague Janos Pasztor and the UNSG's Climate team and all of you for taking the time to be here - your participation is crucial to strengthening South-South Cooperation on climate change and sustainable development.

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China’s New South-South Funds – a Global Game Changer?

Chinas New South South FundsGENEVA, Nov 16 2015 (IPS) - South-South cooperation is usually seen as a poor second fiddle to North-South aid in the world of development assistance. Indeed, developing countries’ policy makers themselves insist that South-South cooperation can only supplement but not replace North-South cooperation. However, this widespread view received a jolt recently when China announced it was setting up two new funds totalling a massive 5.1 billion dollars to assist other developing countries.

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Indian Cabinet approves tripartite agreement to boost IBSA Fund

Indian Cabinet approves tripartite agreementThe Indian Cabinet has approved the signing of a tripartite agreement among India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA), for the IBSA Fund for the Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger that was created in 2004.

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Big NGOs prepare to move south, but will it make a difference?

Big NGOs prepare to move southA hurricane is blowing through the world of international development and when the dust settles, the landscape is going to look entirely different. At the centre of the storm is a mix of acknowledgement and fear around a simple principle, which is that to be effective and meaningful in the 21st century, NGOs have no business continuing to hole up in headquarters in the north.

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Focus on Women's Health Gains Momentum in the Global South

Focus on Womens Health Gains MomentumHealth, mental or physical, is a fundamental human right. It is influenced by biology but also by social and cultural norms, which have historically discriminated against women, making them more vulnerable. Of the new United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the third and fifth goals most closely align with ensuring health as a basic human right. SDG 3 ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages, while SDG 5 targets gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.

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About The Project

Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

Key Themes

In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.


Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.


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