(POSTPONED) Launch of Good Practices in South-South & Triangular Cooperation – Delivering on the SDG on Good Health and Well-being

By November 19, 2021 December 6th, 2021 Events

  • When: POSTPONED until early 2022. A new date will be announced soon.
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On 9 December 2021, as part of the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo pre-launch activities, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is launching the publication “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goal on Good Health and Well-being“.

Background

In 2019, the BAPA+40 Outcome Document acknowledged the importance of sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices, particularly homegrown development approaches, on South-South and Triangular cooperation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It invited all relevant stakeholders, State and non-State actors, to do so in order to intensify efforts towards the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions via South-South and triangular cooperation.

South-South knowledge exchange has become an important and dynamic pillar of South-South and triangular cooperation.  It has gained prominence among developing countries who are recognizing that good practices generated from the Global South have been cost-effective and easily adaptable. Exchanges of Southern expertise and knowledge offer viable pathways to address common challenges and to accelerate progress in the achievement of the SDGs.

UNOSSC produces a series of good practices publications which highlights Southern good practices presented by Member States, UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and other development partners.

To build on this effort, UNFPA, UNICEF, PAHO/WHO with UNOSSC in collaboration with the Government of Argentina will launch a joint publication entitled “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goal on Good Health and Well-being” which presents around 40 good practices on the role and potential of South-South and triangular cooperation in delivering on the Sustainable Development Goal on Health and Well-being (SDG3). Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is not only a fundamental right and a crucial development goal, but it is also front and center of the global COVID-19 pandemic. To achieve sustainable development, ensuring health is critical, with the understanding that most of the SDGs either directly relate to health or indirectly contribute to its advancement.

The joint publications aims to support and promote South-South and triangular cooperation through country to country learning around SDG 3 on Health and Well-being, focusing on primary health care (PHC); reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH); the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV & Syphilis (EMTCT); and within the overarching framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and health systems strengthening.

The good practices in this publication illustrate the central tenets of effective South-South and triangular cooperation; address transnational development challenges relevant to SDG 3; highlight solutions that have been piloted and scaled up; and have tangible development outcomes, including relevant and scalable efforts in the context of COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

UNOSSC, UNFPA, UNICEF and PAHO/WHO acknowledge the unique value and comparative advantages of South-South and triangular cooperation in implementing the SDGs and in contributing to building forward better in the Decade of Action.  They have supported five global discussions during 2020-2021, bringing together some 1,000 practitioners, over 60 per cent of whom came from governments, NGOs, research institutions/academia, and the private sector. The experiences, progress and lessons learned were presented by the Governments of countries such as China, Dominican Republic, India Nigeria, Suriname, South Korea, Tajikistan and Thailand, many of which are show-cased in this publication.

This publication is expected to inspire governments, private sector and entrepreneurs, civil society and non-governmental organizations and citizens in general to adopt, improve and share the best practices that aim to contribute to the well-being for countries and communities in the Global South.

Following the formal launch of the publication, the webinar will also invite representatives from different countries and regions to present selected good practices from the publication to share their success stories, and experiences. The good practices will also be available on South-South Galaxy to facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation between partners of the global South.

Objectives

  • To showcase solutions, good practices and lessons learned from countries in the global South on promoting health and well-being in the context of COVID-19 and how South-South and triangular cooperation could support the realization of the SDG 3 targets
  • To promote South-South learning and technical cooperation amongst countries in the global South
  • To jointly contribute to leveraging SSTC towards the achievement of SDG 3 and other health related SDGs

Agenda

1. Introduction and welcome remarks

  • Mr. Andrés Franco, Deputy Director Multilateral Partnerships, Public Partnerships Division, UNICEF
  • Mr. Yanming Lin, Chief, Inter-Country Cooperation Office, UNFPA
  • Head of Coordination Office, Pan American Health Organization

2. Launch of Publication: “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goal on Good Health and Well-being”

3. Presentation of Good Practices

  • Director of Development Promotion and Coordination, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).
    • Good practice: Social returns of investment in maternal health (pre-recording video message)
  • Government Representative from Argentina.
    • Good Practice: Strengthening Surveillance Capacities in the Americas Region
  • Dr. Abdulrahman Shuaib, Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency Executive Secretary, Nigeria.
    • Good Practice: South-South Cooperation to Benefit Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Ms. Sejdefa Bašić, Collective Impact Director, Mozaik Foundation, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
    • Good Practice: Meeting the needs and tapping the contributions of older persons

4. Q&A

5. Closing remarks

  • Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC