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UN General Assembly President John Ashe and High-level Delegates at Closing Ceremony

Nairobi, 1 November 2013 – More than $450 million was pledged between investors, green businesses, governments and other parties at the 2013 Global South-South Development Expo as hundreds of participant ....

Working hand in hand with the United Nations Environment Programme, dozens of countries in the global South have come together to share know-how, resources, and best practices around energy-efficient lighting. The en.lighten initiative – a public-private partnership that brings together developing ....

Five Pacific nations in the global South – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea – have joined with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to establish the Coral Triangle programme. The Coral Triangle initiative is helping to safeguard one of the most extraordinary mar ....

July 2011 Kabul - Nearly 80% of the population in Afghanistan lives in rural areas, with poor road and infrastructure connections to schools, hospitals, and markets. The majority of them have little or no access to electricity. Only 15% of the country is connected to electricity grid, which leaves ....

Nigeria and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago would both forge renewed ties in the areas of energy, technical, cultural, educational and scientific cooperation.

Though, the two countries have existing collaboration in these areas, the ante was upped on Wednesday night, when President ....

14 new pilot countries are to develop national plans towards phasing out incandescent lighting, as part of the UNEP en.lighten Global Efficient Lighting Partnerships Programme. Incandescent lamps have already been phased-out, or are scheduled to be phased-out in most OECD countries, Argentina, Braz ....

The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) recently launched a Regional Innovation Initiative for the Development of Renewable Energy Generation and Energy Efficiency Technologies.

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Africa, Brazil and France have launched a scientific collaboration to fight desertification, with a particular focus on the Sahel region. It aims to integrate information on desertification trends captured through satellite imagery and on-the-ground knowledge and research. It also will build scient ....

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) call on world leaders to invest in Africa's natural capital - partnership to strengthen SSC releases first report.

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With a fund of U.S. $ 1 million, the governments of Uruguay and Mexico to promote projects of technical and scientific cooperation as a way to advance South-South cooperation in the region.

Signed in Uruguay (28 January) by the foreign ministers of both countries, this is the first coope ....

Micro hydro-electric plants linked to a mini-grid offer a cost-effective and renewable option for rural electrification in the hilly and mountainous terrain of Afghanistan and Nepal, say researchers.

For communities located more than ten kilometres away from the nearest grid substation, ....

JAKARTA, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia is scheduled to hold an international event aimed at enhancing its role in South-South Cooperation alignment on April 17 that would be featured with seminar and exhibitions to socialize the country's commitment and policies in the implementation of South-South ....

New breeds of fish that grow about 30 per cent faster than the most common commercial strains will boost food security and farmers' earnings in Egypt and West Africa, according to researchers.

The breeding programmes in Egypt and Ghana use natural selection, where young fish with the des ....

A French research initiative has been launched with the aim of transferring technology and practical knowledge to developing countries in the global South.
The initiative, known as Valorisation Sud (southern development) is spearheaded by the French Agricultural Research Centre for Internatio ....

South Africa plans to boost links between Africa and its partners in the Brazil, Russia, India and China alliance at a landmark summit, which will be held in Durban in March 2013, Xavier Carim, deputy director general at the Department of Trade (DTI) and Industry, said. “The summit theme is Brics a ....

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have submitted a "duly motivated" request to the WTO TRIPS Council for an extension of the transition period for them to comply with the TRIPS Agreement "for as long as the WTO Member remains a least developed country".

A proposed draft decision anne ....

By Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre

A big battle is taking place at the UN climate conference in Doha. In the first week of the two-week meeting, the developed countries have made it clear they want to close down the working group that has been the main negotiating forum on ....

The journey of Zhang Lan is the tale of an entrepreneur who exemplifies the story of globalization. She has gone from working many part-time jobs while studying overseas, to becoming one of China’s most successful food
entrepreneurs.

Starting with a very small and humble restaurant ....

Vienna / Nairobi, 19 November 2012 - Efforts by developing countries in the ‘global south’ to tackle degraded habitats, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and support renewable energy are the focus of a week-long event in Vienna, which starts today.
The past decade has seen the ....

The 2012 World Resources Forum in Beijing calls for better international resource governance; developing countries and emerging economies meet at the drawing board to design the future of the world’s resources use

Beijing, 23 October 2012. “The Chinese approach of a harmonisation of eco ....

AMCEN members resolved to promote South-South Cooperation, including through intra-Africa and Africa-Brazil-China cooperation for sustainable development in Africa, and to effectively integrate the economic, environmental and social dimensions into local, national and regional development policies ....

Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi’s speech on South-South Cooperation at the UNEP side-event, Cop11 of the CBD, Hyderabad, India

It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to share some of South Africa’s experiences on South-South Cooperation in the field of environment and biodive ....

South Centre Statement on Global Finance Issues at G24 Ministerial Meeting

Below is the statement of the South Centre on global financial issues that was circulated at the G24 Ministerial meeting in Tokyo on 11 October. The Centre was represented by Dr Manuel Montes at the meeting.

The geothermal heat produced by the earth’s molten core is a resource receiving more and more attention across
the global South. Properly harnessed, geothermal energy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy) offers
a low-cost, non-polluting source of power and hot water that does ....

While global attention on the crisis focuses on Europe, a new book by UNICEF’s Policy Division details how the economic crisis continues to inflict devastating social consequences worldwide.

“A Recovery for All: Rethinking Socioeconomic Policies for Children and Poor Households” analy ....

15 September 2012: The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Experience Sharing Workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs); enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators ....

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's HNA Group on Sunday received the 2012 South-South Awards for its charity projects in parts of China and Africa over the past eight years.

The honor was granted by South-South News, a digital media platform initiated in February 2010 during the 16th ....

The third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3), on Friday extended until 2015 a Trust Fund that has to-date provided over US$31 million to improve the management of potentially hazardous chemicals in 105 countries, providing a welcome boost to efforts to safeguard human health a ....

On 22 December 2011, the General Assembly, in its decision 66/550, decided that, beginning in 2012, the observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation would be changed from 19 December to 12 September, to mark the day in 1978 when the United Nations Conference on Technical Coopera ....

Geneva / Nairobi / Mexico City / New York, 5 September 2012 – Coordinated action by governments and industry is urgently needed to reduce the growing risks to human health and the environment posed by the unsustainable management of chemicals worldwide, according to a new report by the United Natio ....

The new Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) was officially launched at Tongji University in Shanghai on June 5th during the 2012 International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment for Sus ....

At the recent China Ecological Forum held in Beijing on July 20th, a special session was held on the topic of “Rio+20 and South-South Cooperation”.

Various leaders were present and made keynote speeches on the importance of ensuring that South-South Cooperation agendas are conducted in ....

Due to the over-exploitation of fisheries in Lake Victoria, food security increases to be an issue in Kenya. However, the Kenyan Fisheries Permanent Secretary, Japhet Ntiba, believes that the solution may be found in nearby water sources.

The German and Israeli governments have partnere ....

Gaborone (Botswana), 17 August 2012: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today unveiled a new standardized baseline* for the Southern Africa region's electric power grid - a major step forward in efforts to boost access to climate-friendly investment in Africa that will reduce, by an e ....

At the June 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the kingdom's prime minister, Jigmi Thinley, announced plans to convert all his nation's agricultural land to organic farms with, he said in his speech, "the 'raised in Bhutan' label synonymous with 'organically grown.'"

The ....

With support of Peru, Ecuador is developing policies to protect its genetic resources against biopiracy.

Rural poverty and food insecurity continue to be serious challenges in many developing countries. But a new thrust for partnerships is providing a key to overcoming these challenges. The potential of South-South cooperation to advance development and poverty reduction is increasingly evident, espec ....

We are living in interesting and perilous times. The Chinese word for crisis is made up of two characters – danger and opportunities. Times of danger also offer opportunities to those who are able to use them to their advantage. The international economy is in its worst crisis since the Great Depre ....

A new regional initiative will help ten Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, FAO announced today. The forestry project will be managed jointly by the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC) and FAO in close collaboration with the Brazilian National I ....

The Chinese government has signaled its support for a future national study on the value of the country's ecosystems and biodiversity, during a high-level meeting in Beijing. Such a study would be based on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB); a UNEP-hosted initiative which calls for ....

Some 290 policy makers and practitioners from 46 countries and international organizations convened on Tuesday in Bali for the High-Level Meeting on South-South cooperation to push for knowledge exchange among countries within the cooperation scheme.

South Sudan on Monday described ties with Israel as “strong and historical” and that it was for two states to embrace and promote economic and diplomatic cooperation, particularly technical assistance in agriculture development and water conservation mechanisms.

The government made the p ....

Following his call, Kuwait responded by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD). The memorandum took place on Wednesday, the 23rd of May, 2012.

The signing of this MoU between Kuwait and GORD comes in line with the shared ....

The world economy is as fragile today as in 2009. Developing countries are very vulnerable to a slowdown caused by the Eurozone crisis. There has been no global reforms and the G20 is ineffective. Thus the role of the UN on global economic issues is vital. These are highlights of the speech by the ....

As seen over and again during recurrent financial crises in both developing and advanced economies (DEs and AEs), including the recent global crisis originating in the US and Europe, financial instability and boom-bust cycles undermine all three ingredients of sustainable development – economic de ....

With the background of the recently finished United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in June, and the just completed Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing, this special session of the China Ec ....

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, in Beijing, 19 July, 2012.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of continuous South-South cooperation during a forum in Beijing, China, adding that strong ties between developing countries are essential for global economic growth.

“South-South cooperation is expanding steadily,” Mr. Ban s ....

When the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) unveils its annual flagship Human Development Report (HDR) in mid-October, the primary focus will be on a growing new phenomenon on the economic horizon: the rise of the global South and the significant progress in South-South cooperation over the last dec ....

Knowledge-sharing has become a cornerstone of successful cooperation among developing countries, in areas ranging from agriculture to health and renewable energies.

“There is a feeling that there are some solutions which can be generated by the South for the benefit of the South, and tha ....

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Brazil have initiated a technical cooperation project to strengthen agro-environmental policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The project, with a budget of US$300,000 provided by the Brazil-FAO Intern ....

The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, announced that the Government of China would contribute $6 million to support UNEP in promoting sustainable development. This announcement was made at the recently concluded UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit) held from 20th to 22nd June 2012 in ....

The Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC), an initiative spearheaded by the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti, with the support of international cooperation agencies, offers an opportunity for joint projects that will benefit biodiversity not only within their own borders, but in the Caribbean regio ....

14 new pilot countries are to develop national plans towards phasing out incandescent lighting, as part of the UNEP en.lighten Global Efficient Lighting Partnerships Programme. Incandescent lamps have already been phased-out, or are scheduled to be phased-out in most OECD countries, Argentina, Braz ....

President Goodluck Jonathan has Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Brazilian firm, Electrobas, on the development of power projects in Nigeria.

This came as the President reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to sustainable development of the country.

H ....

A new learning platform aims to facilitate the sharing of 'climate-smart' agriculture practices that address growing concerns about food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation in South Asia.

The Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Platform for South Asia was launched last mont ....

China has established a minister level cooperation mechanism with Japan and the Republic of Korea as the three countries aim to tackle water problems together.

Under the mechanism, China, Japan and the ROK will organize policy and strategic dialogues regularly at different levels. The t ....

Knowledge@Wharton: What role do you think south-south cooperation (the exchange of resources and expertise between developing countries) will play in not just Gabon, but all of Africa?

Soleman: I think that the future of the world is based on the new concepts of partnerships and the comp ....

A global research initiative aimed at restoring damaged or destroyed ecosystems, the Ecological Restoration Alliance, was launched last month (23 May).

The alliance brings together ten botanic gardens from across the world, and will be coordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation Internat ....

What do a biomass project at a Kenyan sugar factory, sustainable mining in Sierra Leone and orang-utan conservation in the rainforests of Borneo have in common?

All three are among a host of initiatives included in a new online database from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP ....

The biggest international event this year is the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 on 20-22 June. It was meant to celebrate the Earth Summit of 1992, to reaffirm the political commitments made then, and to come up with up-to-date action plans to counter the crises which have become ....

The UN-REDD Programme recently supported the first South-South Exchange on Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) for REDD+ which established a community of practice in Asia-Pacific to strengthen REDD+ governance efforts.

Representatives from more than 10 countries met in Indonesia on ....

Saleem Ali and Pamela Griffin

Increasingly important as population growth and climate change are predicted to worsen water access in many areas of the world, the emerging field of environmental diplomacy seeks ways to use conservation to prevent conflict or build peace between countries ....

28 May 2012: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Investment Forum has concluded with millions of dollars being pledged for the development of agribusiness, green industry, renewable energy, education and health in Uganda.

The Forum, which was held from 28-29 May 2012, in Kampala, Uganda, ....

By Mwangi Chege and Benard Muinde.

Nairobi, 6 June 2012 – The UNEP South-South Exchange Mechanism was introduced to the Nairobi Chapter of the Group of 77 and China at the UN Environment Programme Headquarters following a successful launch in New York during the 17th session of the Uni ....

Increasingly important as population growth and climate change are predicted to worsen water access in many areas of the world, the emerging field of environmental diplomacy seeks ways to use conservation to prevent conflict or build peace between countries. The Convention on Wetlands of Internatio ....

Participants at the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) investment Forum that ended today pledged hundreds of million dollars to developing agribusiness, green industry, renewable energy, education and health in Uganda. Co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the ....

The UN-REDD Programme recently supported the first South-South Exchange on Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) for REDD+ which established a community of practice in Asia-Pacific to strengthen REDD+ governance efforts

The initiators of the Great Green Wall of Africa will have to inspire from the Algerian experience in the fight against desertification, especially the green dam operation, to overcome difficulties and avoid traps and mistakes.

New York / Nairobi, 23 May 2012 – What do a biomass project at a Kenyan sugar factory, sustainable mining in Sierra Leone and orang-utan conservation in the rainforests of Borneo have in common?

All three are among a host of initiatives included in a new online database from the United N ....

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Sponsors looking to develop infrastructure projects in South East Asia will soon have a new source of funding available to them. The governments of 10 South East Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam ....

Joint Press Release: UNDP and the ACP join forces to advance sustainable human development

Brussels, 10 May 2012: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) agreed today to join forces in fostering ....

14 May 2012 – Partnerships and development cooperation among countries will play a key role in accelerating sustainable development, a top United Nations official said today, stressing that assistance will need to focus on helping developing countries find longer-term solutions to eradicate poverty ....

May 17, 2012 13:03 PM


BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS, May 17 (BERNAMA-NNN-BGIS) -- Barbados is set to host one of the most important conferences on the 2012 calendar when the second CARICOM-Mexico summit comes to Bridgetown next Monday May 21.

It will be preceded by a meeting of m ....