Paris Peace Forum 2021: Achieving the SDGs: South-South & Triangular Cooperation in the Decade of Action-a summary of the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s views by the Secretariat of the South-South Network for Public Service Innovation.

Session moderator Mr Kumar and the Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina

A hybrid panel discussion of “Achieving the SDGs: South-South & Triangular Cooperation in the Decade of Action” [1] at the Paris Peace Forum 2021 was held on the 12th  of November. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Hon. Sheikh Hasina; H.E Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser, President and CEO of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group; and Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou, former President of Niger, were the panelists.  Mr. Mohan Kumar, the Chair of Research, and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)-India moderated the discussion. Mr. Achim Steiner, the United nations Development programme Administrator (UNDP) delivered his remarks through a recorded video. The focus of the panel was on South-South Cooperation (SSC) and triangular cooperation (TrC).  

The Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh opined that “South-South Cooperation has found its own place in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. South-South Cooperation Initiatives have been on the rise in these recent years. Many of them stand out for their creative development solutions. Yet, South-South Cooperation turns to take the back seat in the international development discourse. Many potential South-South Cooperation projects remain under-funded,” she said.  She also highlighted that home-grown development solutions are available in the Global South and that with additional financing, many of these solutions could be implemented and scaled-up. She emphasized that South-South cooperation, as an instrument, is better aligned to developing countries’ own development priorities”.

The Hon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated Bangladesh’s proposal (stated in other fora) to set-up a South-South knowledge and innovation centre that could serve as a platform for creating technological solutions for development challenges in the South. She urged the UN, the G20, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to invest in this innovative proposal. She also noted that as Bangladesh plans for its graduation from Least Development Country Status (LDC), the government plans to set up a platform for economic and international cooperation to expand the work of their value-based diplomacy, and contribute to international development, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts.

At the conclusion of the panel discussion, the discussion moderator, Mr. Mohan Kumar stressed that South-South Cooperation and triangular Cooperation are not substitutes for North-South cooperation and added that there is a moral imperative for the North-South cooperation to continue.

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Achieving the SDGs: South-South & Triangular Cooperation in the Decade of Action

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[1] https://parispeaceforum.org/en/events/achieving-the-sdgs-south-south-and-triangular-cooperation-in-the-decade-of-action/