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As the new geopolitical landscape changes, international cooperation is taking new forms. For the SDG Fund, South-South Cooperation is not only a vital instrument of cooperation. It’s an opportunity to revise and rethink how it operates.

South-South Cooperation is shaping Development

The SDG Fund sees South-South Cooperation as a vehicle to share and disseminate knowledge, and facilitate policy and technical exchange. The SDG Fund is also involving businesses from the Global South in partnerships for advancing the SDGs.

The SDG Fund supports a peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experiences in development among programme countries. For example,

  • In Paraguay the SDG-F is supporting the creation of a national observatory on the Right to Food in order to improve food security, nutrition policy-making and implementation. The initiative is promoting the exchange of experiences with countries that have already established similar mechanisms.
  • In Fiji and Vanuatu, economic exclusion remains an issue and the incidence of poverty is high at 45%. These countries face challenges in terms of food security, as well as high levels of unemployment due to slow economic growth. The SDG-F established a programme led by UNDP, in partnership with IFAD, to assist young people who have not completed their formal education and are more likely to be limited in terms of employment. The programme is launching a Pacific South-South technical exchange and knowledge sharing on organic agriculture and youth employment, in collaboration with Women in Business (WIBDI) and the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom).
  • In Tanzania, the SDG-F is supporting the national government to build and scale-up a pro-poor and child-sensitive national social protection system. The programme is promoting South-South Cooperation among countries that have implemented similar schemes in order to build the capacities of the Minister of Finance.
  • In Mozambique, the SDG-F programme related to the extractive industry sector is promoting a technology exchange with the National Cleaner Production Center of South Africa, a government facility that promotes resource efficiency and cleaner production methodologies.

Additionally, the SDG Fund has established an online library of best practices and lessons learned in relation to the Millennium Development Goals, including those pertaining to South-South cooperation, for use in the United Nations system.

Businesses of the Global South leading the SDG Agenda

To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Group, formed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide, including many from the Global South. These leaders are helping the SDG-F to build a roadmap for how public-private alliances can provide large-scale solutions for achieving the new SDGs. The Advisory Group is committed to identifying areas of common interest and deciphering the best methods of UN-Private Sector engagement, as well as offering suggestions for how to work more effectively with one another at the country level. Many of the business leaders from the Global South are providing the SDG Fund with valuable insight on how they can be agents of change in global initiatives.