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Global South-South Development Expo 2009
in conjunction with the celebration of
the Sixth United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

Washington DC, 15 to 17 December 2009

The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation of the United Nations Development Program with the co-sponsorship of the World Bank, World Food Program, United Nations Environment Program and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.


The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) is designed as a concrete response to the strong commitment made by the Secretary-General and the UNDP Administrator to help the global South realize its shared aspirations for achieving sustainable and equitable development through the sharing and transfer of Southern-grown Development Solutions (SDSs). The GSSD Expo has served as a vibrant platform for the international community to celebrate achievements; share development successes; explore new avenues for collaboration; forge innovative South-South, triangular and public-private partnerships; and launch concrete collaborative schemes towards achieving internationally agreed development goals (IADGs), including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


The GSSD Expo is designed solely to enable developing countries and their development partners, including donor agencies, organizations of the United Nations system, the private sector and civil society organizations to systematically and regularly showcase their evidence-based South Development Solutions (SDSs). These solutions are deeply rooted in, and developed under historical, political, economic, social and geographical conditions specific to the SDS-originating countries.

The value propositions of the GSSD EXPO 2009

  • SDS-originating countries and their development partners are given the opportunity to systematically organize and regularly showcase successful, sustainable and scalable SDSs.
  • SDS-seeking countries are given the opportunity to learn from a wide range of SDSs and how these SDSs may help them to solve similar development problems using the South-South approach.
  • Interested third partners (a donor agency, a United Nations organization, or a private sector or civil society organization) are given the opportunity to fully appreciate the true value of the showcased SDSs and take informed and strategic decisions to support scaling-up efforts through innovative triangular and public-private partnership arrangements.


Format of the GSSD Expo 2009 and the Sixth United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

The GSSD Expo will consist of the following five segments:

1. Pre-Expo High-level Forum: “Exploring New Opportunities for further Collaboration under Innovative South-South and Triangular Partnership Arrangements”. (14 December 2009, 10 am-6 pm, Conference Room, IFC. By invitation only).

This Forum is intended to facilitate an exchange of solutions to the challenges in policy, strategy, and institutional and financing arrangements for South-South and triangular cooperation as well as management capacity. Concrete cases of successful experiences in overcoming these challenges will be identified and presented. The objective is to introduce innovative South-South and triangular partnership arrangements and explore new opportunities for further collaboration. This segment is co-organized by the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

2. Grand Opening: “Towards a New Global Partnership for Inclusive South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Development”.

The President of the General Assembly High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation will chair the Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony will be followed by a Leadership Roundtable, where a group of renewed leaders in inclusive partnerships i.e., South-South, triangular cooperation and public-private partnerships, will engage in an interactive dialogue on the theme “Inclusive Partnerships for Inclusive Development”. This segment is organized by the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation and the World Bank.

3. Solutions Exchange: “Eyes on South-South Development Solutions”

This segment will feature Three Solutions Exchange Forums, structured under the following headings:

  • Food Security challenges and responses of the South in a time of crisis
    Organizers: Special Unit/SSC, WFP/FAO/IFAD
  • Venue: World Bank Main Complex, Washington DC
  • Climate Challenges and responses of the South in a time of crisis
    Organizers: Special Unit/SSC and UNEP/WB
    Venue: World Bank Main Complex, Washington DC
  • Global Health Challenges and responses of the South in a time of crisis
    Organizers: Special Unit/SSC and PAHO/WHO
    Venue: Pan American Health Organization, Washington DC

4. South-South Development Solutions Exhibition

The Exhibition will be installed in the Main Complex Lobby of the World Bank. A total of 30-40 Southern-grown development solutions in the three thematic areas (food security, climate change and global health) will be displayed through posters, audio-visual equipment, and tables for printed materials and publications relevant to South-South cooperation. Also exhibited will be innovative South-South, triangular and public-private partnership mechanisms championed in the South, by the South and for the South, including those supported by different partners, the donor community, United Nations Organizations and other multilateral institutions.

5. Closing Ceremony

This segment, chaired by the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Committee for South-South Cooperation, will feature a number of celebration activities. It will include a presentation on the main outcomes of the GSSD Expo, a keynote statement from a prominent personality, the launch of relevant publications and new partnership initiatives, as well as a presentation of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation Annual Awards for leadership, partnership and innovation. The GSSD Expo and the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation will conclude with live performances from known artists.


Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2009 06:57

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