Global Advocacy Dialogue Series – Charting New Horizons: South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development, 6 March 2024

By February 22, 2024 March 6th, 2024 Events
  • When: 6 March 2024, 08:00 – 10:00 (New York) | 16:00-18:00 (Jeddah)
  • Where: FF Building, 10th Floor Conference Room – 304 East 45th Street New York. Light refreshments will be served.
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A Global Advocacy Dialogue Series is being initiated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to explore the latest development and partnerships trends, focusing on the innovative and evolving nature of South-South and triangular cooperation. To this end, the first dialogue in the IsDB-UNOSSC series – organized together with the Government of Portugal – will introduce the potential for triangular cooperation to accelerate sustainable development, as important complement to South-South cooperation.

Key objectives for the first Dialogue

  • Discuss the key conceptual contours of Triangular cooperation – definitions, frameworks and modalities of cooperation.
  • Delve into the advancements, trends and opportunities in triangular cooperation and initiate discussions on some of the existing good practices and models.


  • Further clarity and understanding of the intricacies of Triangular cooperation.
  • Sharing of experiences and identifying partnerships opportunities
  • Collecting initial inputs into shaping the new Triangular Cooperation Window at UNOSSC


1. Opening Session

  • Welcome by Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, UNOSSC Director
  • Opening remarks by Dr. Mansur Muhtar, Vice President, Operations, IsDB
  • Remarks by H.E. Ms. Ana Paula Zacarias, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN
  • Remarks by Dr. Issa Faye, Director General, Global Practices and Partnership, IsDB

2. Session 1: Triangular Cooperation and relevant policy recommendations

Panel discussion on main areas of opportunity and policy recommendations emerging from the recent two studies:

Moderated by: Mr. Amir Hamza Syed, Associate Manager, Global Advocacy, IsDB

3. Session 2: Exploring existing models in Triangular Cooperation

Proposed country case studies on Triangular cooperation.

  • Portugal – Ms. Ana Fernandes, President, Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.
  • Germany – Ms. Rita Walraf, Deputy Head of Division, policy issues of sectoral and bilateral development cooperation, emerging economies, at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Republic of Korea – Dr. Hwanil Park, Chief Director, Global Innovation Strategy Research Division, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Republic of Korea (RoK)

Presentation of selected distinctive models of Triangular Cooperation, focusing on their strategic approaches, geographic and thematic/programmatic focuses and engagement and financing strategies.

In-depth conversation focused on thematic areas of focus and applicable funding/financing mechanisms.

Moderated by: H.E. Ana Paula Zacarias, Permanent Representative of Portugal to United Nations

4. Reflections and the Way Forward

Moderated by Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Trust Fund Director, UNOSSC

5. Closing Session

  • H.E. Ana Paula Zacarias, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations
  • Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, UNOSSC Director
  • Ms. May Babiker, Director, Cooperation and Capacity Development Department, IsDB