12 September: International Day for South-South Cooperation


Rome, 12 September 2019 - WFP, in partnership with FAO and IFAD, will jointly celebrate the 2019 United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation with an event on 6 September 2019 at WFP Headquarters.

South-South Cooperation
South-South Cooperation© United Nations

The event will shed light on the topic “Leaving no one behind in achieving SDG2: Opportunities for the RBAs to broker South-South and triangular cooperation after ”BAPA+40“.

History background: In 1978, the first United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC) took place in Argentina, adopting the Buenos Aires plan of action for promoting and implementing technical cooperation among developing countries (BAPA).

The theme is in line with the call of the 2019 High-level Political Forum for empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The joint event in Rome will provide a platform for voices from the field and host governments to be heard.

The dialogue will allow the exploration of country needs and the showcasing of work undertaken by the three United Nations Rome-based agencies (RBAs) to broker South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) in the context of the above theme.

Examples on empowering rural women to better access market opportunities, promotion of family farming and the creation of opportunities for the rural youth will be in the spotlight during the discussions.

A stock-take with the RBAs will identify new opportunities for renewing their collaboration on SSTC which is fundamental to WFP, FAO and IFAD’s joint efforts in ensuring no one is left behind in achieving zero hunger by 2030.


South-South Cooperation is a general term to describe political, economic, social, cultural, environmental or technical cooperation or collaboration between countries of the global south.

As an important element of international cooperation for development, it offers viable opportunities for countries of the South in their individual and collective pursuit of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.

Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a

  • bilateral,
  • regional,
  • intraregional or
  • interregional basis.

Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts.

Triangular cooperation is collaboration in which traditional donor countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives through the provision of funding, training, management and technological systems as well as other forms of Support.

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