Enhanced South-South cooperation can boost achievement of development goals – UNSG

News article from the UN News Centre:

“Cooperation among developing countries plays an essential role in advancing development worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for increased efforts to boost wealth and knowledge in the global South.

“South-South cooperation offers real, concrete solutions to common development challenges,” Mr. Ban said in his message to mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. “Sharing best practices, funding pilot projects in far-flung locales, providing the capital to scale-up successful projects, supplying regional public goods, developing and adapting appropriate technologies —these are the opportunities that the international community needs to better leverage.”

Mr. Ban said South-South cooperation was particularly important as the world approached the 2015 deadline of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Agreed upon by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS and malaria reduction, and a global partnership for development.”

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