Suriname stresses south-south cooperation in speech to General AssemblyListen /
Developing countries are being urged to increase trade among themselves as well as with their traditional trade partners in the developed world.
That message comes from the Foreign Minister of Suriname, Winston Guno Lackin, who addressed the UN General Assembly on Monday.
He said that with foreign aid declining and the Doha Round of trade negotiations stalled, south-south cooperation should be part of the post-2015 global development agenda.
"We have learned the important lesson that developing countries are obliged to undertake adequate measures to strengthen economic interaction among themselves in addition to ties with their traditional trading partners in the north. We must give substance to south-south cooperation. This is an important consideration for setting a new stage for global sustainable development." (30")
The Foreign Minister noted that while some developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America have experienced economic growth, more than a billion people are still living in poverty.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.