Cooperación Sur-Sur y cooperación triangular

South-South Cooperation "essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goals," says UN Representative

16/05/2016 - 

May 2016, New York - “Global demand for South-South and Triangular Cooperation is at an all-time high,” said Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the United Nations in New York during a High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation held at the UN Headquarters on May 16.

“Countries in the South have much to share given their recent experiences in overcoming development challenges where one country context can readily relate to another,” she added.

South-South Cooperation (SSC) is the mutual sharing and exchange of development solutions - knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology and resources - between and among countries in the global South.

Triangular Cooperation (TrC) involves partnerships between two or more developing countries along with a third partner, typically a traditional resource partner or a multilateral organization.

From alleviating poverty to ensuring food security, south-south partnerships have time and again proven to be effective in stimulating greater cooperation among regions and countries in the global South.

“FAO is making a strong effort to ensure it is is well positioned to rapidly respond to increasing number of requests to facilitate the scaling-up of knowledge and technologies that have contributed to enhancing agricultural development and food security in the global South,” she said.

Mucavi said that FAO’s approach to South-South Cooperation builds on a successful 20 year track record, working with over 80 host countries, 20 provider countries and 15 triangular partners.

In one example, Chinese drip irrigation technology enabled Nigerian farmers to grow crops during the dry season and significantly increased their incomes. Through TrC, shared expertise from Viet Nam and funding from Spain improved the survival rates of catfish and tilapia in Namibia, giving a significant boost to the nation’s aquaculture sector.

In her concluding remarks, she stressed that FAO was willing to partner with all countries, institutions, state and non-state actors, as a facilitator, to building further south-south partnerships, by facilitating the sharing of knowledge, good practices, expertise and technology among countries.