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Nairobi, Kenya; 1 November 2013-

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) mobilized a delegation of 154 private sector entities and 488 NGOs/IGOs to the 2013 Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in Nairobi, Kenya through its flagship project the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE). UNOSSC organized a series of sessions and events designed to support the scaling-up and/or replication of Southern solutions and innovations.

As a result of SS-GATE facilitation, 16 MOUs were signed on-site between companies, investors, and other private sector entities. The total amount of financial pledges made between parties as a result of these signings was approximately $450 million. Further, 41 companies were successfully matched and held business negotiations and 148 companies listed their projects on the SS-GATE web-platform. SS-GATE will conduct follow-up operations to ensure that the parties that were matched during the Expo are provided the services needed to finalize their deals, thereby scaling-up their operations.

The facilitation of business negotiations was a central feature of the SS-GATE matchmaking space which was a new service offered by the GSSD Expo to its participants this year. Leveraging the services of the SS-GATE system, the GSSD Expo looks to not only showcase solutions but to scale-up and replicate technology-based solutions through the matching of needs and offers as it relates to finance, partnerships and technologies that are based primarily in the Global South.

On Thursday, July 24, 2013, the United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) co-sponsored an event with Every Woman Every Child +SocialGood. Through a series of panel discussions, the EWEC+Social Good event sought to leverage the +SocialGood platform by identifying new ways to incorporate the power of technology and new media to advance a common agenda for women and children’s health worldwide.

 Ambassador, Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations and Mr. Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, delivered the keynote address, “Setting the Course for Women and Children’s Health for the Last 1000 Days and Beyond.”  One mechanism for accelerating progress in the Last 1000 Days was introduced by Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director of UNOSSC, during his closing statement. The South-South Global Health Exchange, one track of the UN General Assembly endorsed SS-GATE platform, aims to identify, match, transfer and scale up affordable, adaptable and appropriate Southern solutions in support of MDGs 4&5. 

The UNOSSC hosted the event’s reception. 

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