The past two decades have seen South-South and Triangular cooperation (SSC and TrC) grow rapidly in scale, intensity, and modalities. Yet, the quality and availability of information on the scale and impact of SSC have not kept pace with growing demand among Southern partners for peer learning to further improve. Knowledge gap is currently a major obstacle that is hindering the scaling-up of SSC and the maximization of its impact on sustainable development. Thus, UNDP, jointly with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) established a Global Coalition of Think Tanks for SSC in order to:
- Build partnership with major think tank networks to deepen the understanding of SSC and TrC;
- Bring clarity to concepts and methodologies to interpret SSC and TrC approaches; and
- Create a support platform and an open source of Southern and Northern Think Tanks and centres of excellence to collaboratively generate knowledge to scale-up the impact of SSC and TrC for sustainable development.
With the increasingly important role of SSC in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SSC needs to be better defined, understood, and supported by all partners through a renewed plan of action. The upcoming 40th anniversary of the Buenos Aries Plan of Action (BAPA) will provide a historic opportunity to define and further scale-up global support to SSC in the context of achieving the SDGs. The Coalition, through bringing forward voices and knowledge from over 200 think tanks around the world, can inform the BAPA+40 process and global agenda setting, to maximize the potential and impact of SSC and TrC for sustainable development.