NADI – The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched the publication entitled, “South-South and Triangular in Action”, during the Pacific Consultation in preparation for the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40).
The High Commissioners of Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as well as 30 government delegates from across the Pacific, heads of United Nations agencies in Fiji, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other partners participate in the launch.
“South-South in Action is a demand-driven platform envisioned by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, with a view to being a robust knowledge hub for Member States, UN entities, IGOs, NGOs and other stakeholders to showcase their thoughts and work on South-South and triangular cooperation,” said Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, representing the UNOSSC, during the launch.
The new volume, entitled “South-South and Triangular in Action: The Pacific Islands Development Forum”, outlines the rationale and foundations of the creation of PIDF as a “South-South” institution, its values and projects.
In launching the publication, Mr. François Martel, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum highlighted that the Publication was a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the PIDF signed early in the life of the PIDF. “PIDF underlying principles resonate with those of South-South Cooperation: manifested in solidarity among the Pacific countries, respect for sovereignty and flexible approaches to South-South partnerships. PIDF membership is entirely dedicated to the Pacific countries and territories and the organisation is uniquely mandated by its Member States to promote South-South cooperation,” he said.
Mr. Nkala invited all Pacific Member States and partners present to avail themselves of the opportunity to engage with UNOSSC in a similar way. “The UN Office for South-South Cooperation stands ready to work with the Pacific to deepen the scope of thinking and facilitate broader knowledge exchanges on your development successes and lessons learned, to be shared among yourself and with the world.”
The publication will be launched at side-events of the Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40 Conference) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 19 March, 2019.