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Speaking Points for Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director at the High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation 1 - 3 December 2009

Nairobi, 3 December 2009 - Hon Wycliffe OPARANYA: President of the High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation

Ms. Amat Al Alim ALSOSWA: UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States

H. E. Abdullah ALSAIDI; Permanent Representative of Yemen to UN and Co-Facilitator of the High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

H.E. Dr. Gunnar PALSSON: Permanent Representative of Iceland to UN and Co-Facilitator of the High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

H. E. Nassir Abdulaziz AL-NASSER, President of the UN High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation and Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN.

Mr. Yiping ZHOU; Director, UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is with great pleasures that I address you at the end of this important meeting and with this serious and significant outcome document before you.

South-South cooperation is now a very vibrant and tangible fact of modern life, especially in terms of trade and increasingly in terms of economic integration.

  • Africa's trade with the world's four largest emerging markets, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries), has grown from $20.3bn in 2001 to about $162bn in 2008,

    New forums accelerating these trends and cementing south-south ties are mushrooming as are trends towards common markets; common currencies and bilateral agreements

    • The Korea-Africa Forum; The Forum on China- Africa Cooperation

    • in Southeast Asia, there will be a free trade area by January next year.

    • in the Middle East, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is looking at the idea of a common currency.

    • and Latin America is moving towards the creation of a global South Bank.

    The UN system is responding to these rapid shifts in geo-political patterns, not least in supporting and fostering knowledge; best practises and technological exchange.

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    UNEP: Division of Regional Cooperation


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