South-South Cooperation in Eurasia is on significant rise: UN ReportNov 4, 2016
Dubai, UAE - A new study by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and UNDP suggests that the rise of emerging economies in the Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS) region has created an upward trend in South-South cooperation.
The draft study titled “South-South Cooperation: Towards Sustainable Human Development in ECIS” was presented to delegates this week in a global Expo in Dubai, as part of an open consultation process.
Various UN publications show that in 2013, SSC was estimated to have reached USD 20 billion up from between USD 9.5 billion and USD 12 billion in 2006. A similar trend exists for triangular cooperation.
Introducing the report, Olivier Adam, Deputy Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, highlighted that the remarkable amount of mutual learning and support among developing and transition countries in ECIS often goes unnoticed. “Several countries in the region have shown leadership in sharing knowledge and expertise, acquired during their own recent transformation process,” he said. “The Astana Regional Civil Service Hub, for instance, is a flagship initiative of the government of Kazakhstan, supported by UNDP, and is helping share knowledge and expertise on public administration issues with some 35 countries around the world.”
The report presents several examples of centres of excellence or similar mechanisms hosted and funded by new EU member states. Several countries in the region have established
South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation have received recognition in key international documents adopted recently, including in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015) and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 (2015).
The report also maps the key regional groupings and organizations with members among ECIS countries. According to the authors, South-South cooperation in the region is mainly delivered through peer-to-peer networks, knowledge platforms, centres of excellence and demand-based facilities.
Along with a mapping of South-South cooperation in the region country by country, by themes and corresponding SDGs, examples of funding opportunities are also listed in the study. A checklist that comes with the study provides the reader with an opportunity to assess country’s capacity assets and challenges with regards to South-South cooperation.
The report highlights that UN can be a vital partner in South-South cooperation and provide tailored support with regards to capacity development, knowledge brokering and facilitation.
* The report covers Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UN Security Resolution 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
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