UN Day for South-South Cooperation 2018

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 2018

South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the South that contributes to their national well-being, their national and collective self-reliance and the attainment of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That cooperation is done through a broad framework of collaboration among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, intraregional or interregional basis. Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts.

To highlight the importance of South-South Cooperation, the General Assembly in its resolution 58/220 decided to observe the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation on 12 September every year. The date commemorates the adoption in 1978 of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the south and highlights UN’s efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries.






09:00-12:00 HOURS



Provisional Agenda

Venue: Conference Room 4

09:00 – 09:30 hrs.







09:30 – 09:40 hrs.







09:40 – 11:10 hrs.














11:10 -11:20 hrs.







11:30 hrs.

1.   Opening Session

  • Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP or Officer-in-Charge of ESCAP
  • Ms. Deidre Boyd, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand
  • Opening Address by H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Video Message from Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation


2.   Reflection of the Momentum of South-South Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region


Video Clip on the Highlights of South-South Cooperation Partnership in Asia-Pacific: Towards SDGs and the Buenos Aires Plan of Action 40th Anniversary


3.   South-South Cooperation Milestones by Countries and Organizations in the Asia-Pacific

  • H.E. Mr. Lyu Jian, Ambassador of China to Thailand
  • H.E. Mrs. Saida Muna Tasneem Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmad Rusdi, Ambassador of Indonesia to Thailand
  • Mrs. Suphatra Srimaitreephithak, Director-General, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Kolinio Takali, High Commissioner of the Republic of Fiji to Malaysia
  • H.E. Mr. Abbagani Ramu, Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Chief of the Mission, Embassy of India in Thailand
  • Mr. Hiroshi KAWAMURA, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Thailand
  • Ms. Anthea Mulakala, Director for International Development Cooperation, The Asia Foundation, Malaysia
  • Video Message from H.E Mr, Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN (Association for Southeast Asian Nations) for
    ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC)
  • Video Message from Mr. Francois Martel, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) 


4.   Presentation of UNOSSC Tokens of Appreciation in recognition of Contribution by countries/organizations to South-South Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

  • Video Message from Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the UN Secretary General on South-South Cooperation and Director, UNOSSC
  • Presentation of Tokens of Appreciation by Ms. Deidre Boyd, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand
  • Group Photo Opportunity


Close of the Commemoration


11:30 – 12:00 hrs.