Call for Submissions: South-South Cooperation in the Context of Global South Trade and Investment Flows/Trends

Background

South-South Cooperation has been recognized as a veritable platform for collaboration among countries in the Global South in the areas of politics, economics, social relations, culture, environment and technology. The similarity in the experiences of these countries and their locations within the structure of global capitalist order make such cooperation to be imperative. The realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in Southern countries is contingent on South-South Cooperation. An increased flow of trade and investment between countries of the Global South will lead to increased economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction.

This proposed report aims to examine challenges and future prospects given the changing global realities. SSC can operate within various provisions of the World Trade Organization and other regional and bilateral agreements and other forms of trading arrangements. Article XXIV of the World Trade Organization makes provision for Special and Differential Treatment, which provides opportunity for cooperation for countries in the Global South.

Goals and Objectives

Under its current Strategic Framework 2018-2021, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to support member states’ efforts to eliminate poverty in all its forms through the promotion and strengthening of SSC at national, regional and international levels. As part of its mandate, UNOSSC strives to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the United Nations system. In doing so, it aims to provide research direction and support for this proposed publication on South-South Cooperation in the context of global South trade and investment flows/trends.

UNOSSC invites eligible contributors from the South-South Global Thinkers Network to submit a 500-word abstract directly responding to one of the commissioned chapter outlines, together with its accompanying guiding questions prepared. Interested contributors are asked to submit applications for only one of the commissioned chapters other than the introduction which will be drafted by UNOSSC. Selected authors will be awarded a contract with the UNOSSC. Following the publication of the report, UNOSSC aims to help disseminate the findings of the report through its global networks. The policy relevant report will draw on independent research, analysis and perspectives of commissioned authors. Its findings and views will not necessarily represent those of UNOSSC or partners institutions.

Proposed Chapters

Chapter I: Introduction & Context (UNOSSC)
Chapter VI: South-South and Triangular Cooperation in an Evolving International Investment Arrangements and Practices
Chapter II: South-South Trade & Financial Governance for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Chapter VII: South-South Cooperation and Financial Technology in a Globally Inclusive Economic Architecture
Chapter III: South-South Cooperation and Digitalization
Chapter VIII: South-South Contribution to the Emergence of a Financial Governance Mechanism with the Mobilization of the Local Private Sector
Chapter IV: Trade and Investment Capacity Building through South-South and Triangular Cooperation
Chapter IX: Future Trends, Emerging Issues, Challenges and Prospects
Chapter V: South-South Cooperation Modalities and Instruments for Accelerating Regional Trade Integration and for Creating a More Balanced International Trade Regime

Publication Timeline

Interested contributors are required to submit expressions of interest and brief chapter outlines (500 words in length) together with CVs and list of relevant publications to UNOSSC by December 16, 2019 for consideration.

First drafts are to be submitted by February 20, 2020 while 2nd drafts to be shared with UNOSSC by April 15, 2020 and 3rd drafts are required by June 15, 2020.

All submitted chapters must be the original work of the contributor(s). At the time of submission, submitted chapters should not have been previously presented, submitted or accepted for publication or published. All chapters will undergo double blind peer review prior to publication.

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