Argentina, Buenos Aires, 20-22 March 2019 – The Second Conference of the United Nations on South-South Cooperation, at the occasion of Buenos Aires Plan of Actions (BAPA+40) 40th Anniversary, came to an end on Friday 22 March 2019, at the Buenos Aires Convention Center.
The conference consisted of 5 plenary sessions and a series of side events organized by UN Agencies, development organizations and numerous active thinktanks to discuss further issues on institutionalizing, systematizing and rationalizing South-South Cooperation (SSC) in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. For the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the past three days were particularly marked by the successful side event untitled “APRM as Best Practice for South-South Cooperation on Governance in Africa” conducted on 20 March with the participation of distinguished experts from UNECA, UNOSSC, BRICs Policy Centre, High level committee on SSC, UNDEAS and the IOM. Furthermore, the APRM delegation had various interactions in other side events focusing on peace, development, and SSC; leading to opportunities to collaborate with potential international partners. The APRM delegation was delighted to take part in the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) meeting on ‘developing national Ecosystem of SSC countries’ which reflects on the Bank’s strategy to mitigate climate change challenges in several affected SSC countries.
The proceedings of the conference concluded on the summary of recommendations and the adoption of the BAPA+40 outcome document. The document recognized the necessity to strengthen South-South Cooperation through i) implementation and reinforcement of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; ii) development of National Programmes for South-South Cooperation, in line with international and regional agendas; iii) mobilization of resources; iv) investment in Technology, Research and Development; v) Capacity development for SSC countries; vi) Peer learning and experience sharing and vii) promotion of good governance.
The member states, agencies representatives and academics stressed on the fact that South-South and Triangular Cooperation was found to be an accelerator for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a catalyst for economic and regional integration. However, this should be supported by South countries taking actions to enter the 4th industrial revolution to promote development further and prevent inequalities. Also, the role played by think tanks and mechanisms in supporting countries of the South in achieving Sustainable development was strongly emphasized on; which further encourage the APRM, whose delegation at the conference was led by Prof. Eddy Maloka, in fulfilling its mandate.
APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated continental and regional economic integration.
Ms Sara Hamouda| African Peer Review Mechanism| Email: [email protected] | Tel: +27 11 256 3468
Ms Diana Demba-Mutondo| African Peer Review Mechanism| Email: [email protected] | Tel: +27 11 256 3434