UN Day highlights benefits of South-South cooperationListen /
The United Nations is this Thursday celebrating the ways developing countries are turning to each other to share knowledge and information on addressing concerns such as poverty and hunger.
The UN Day for South-South Cooperation comes as international efforts intensify to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015.
Rebecca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), delivered a message on behalf of the UN Secretary-General.
"South-South cooperation offers real, concrete solutions to common development challenges. 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." (28")
Several panel discussions are taking place at UN Headquarters to mark the day, including one looking at implementing sustainable social protection programmes.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.