In the framework of the International Day of South-South Cooperation, the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC-Colombia) and the Office of South-South Cooperation of the United Nations organized a workshop on CSS and the 2030 Agenda to celebrate this date.
The United Nations General Assembly, recognizing the importance of South-South Cooperation for international development cooperation, declared on September 12 the “United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation“. This commemorates the adoption in 1978 of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action to Promote and Execute Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA). The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation seeks to raise awareness among citizens about the initiatives being undertaken by the United Nations for developing countries to cooperate with each other. It also celebrates economic, social and political advances in regions and countries of the South.
To honour this date, APC-Colombia, together with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and other international cooperation actors, provided a dialogue space to learn about different points of view on lessons learned and challenges that South-South Cooperation faces today.
To this end, the Workshop “The contribution of South-South Cooperation to leave no one behind” was held, which sought to reflect on the main challenges that sectoral and territorial entities encounter when trying to implement South-South Cooperation projects. The workshop also allowed to share lessons learned from South-South Cooperation that have managed to link different actors, establish partnerships and achieve high impact results for social, economic and cultural development.
The event brought together international cooperation coordinating bodies, representatives of Cooperation Agencies, Ministries of Foreign Affairs or instances responsible for international cooperation in Latin American countries, as well as public officials responsible for cooperation issues in national and territorial entities.
The Governance Coordinator of Cepei, Javier Surasky, participated in the workshop, with a conference on “The role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Latin America and the value of partnerships, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda”.
Javier Surasky, Governance Coordinator of Cepei, September 12, 2019, celebration of the International Day of South-South Cooperation, Bogotá. Photo: ©APC-Colombia
“There are no possibilities while those who are speech bearers are being annihilated. It is the most absolute way to end the dialogue. Dialogue implies the ability to listen and validate what the other says.”
“It is necessary to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships and integrate them into the governance of both South-South Cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda to move towards sustainable development and increase the visibility and relevance of the South in the global scenario.”
“We have to start talking to all the actors in cooperation for trust building. We have to be much more active and practical in the search for solutions.”
South-South Cooperation is a tool through which governments make foreign policy. It is important that the CSS has political support, it is essential to be transcendent.”
-Javier Surasky, Cepei