However, despite continued momentum, knowledge gaps in the Global South and uneven access to solutions, expertise and resources remain major hindrances for optimizing the contribution of SSC and TrC towards the SDGs. In this context, digital transformation provides a number of powerful tools to bridge that gap, and digital platforms are offering transformational opportunities for development cooperation in the Global South. They are a cost-effective tool for enhancing South-South knowledge sharing and collaboration, addressing persistent development challenges, and increasing connectedness by opening new opportunities for business and entrepreneurial activity.
On 13 February 2020, UNOSSC, UNICEF, and the IPC-IG co-hosted a webinar on Digital Platforms as Tools for Enhancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation Towards the SDGs. The event discussed the importance of digital platforms for strengthening South-South knowledge sharing and collaboration among Southern stakeholders and increasing the cohesiveness among UN agencies and their work. During the session, South-South Galaxy was presented as a consolidated South-South solutions platform for Southern partners and the UN system and acts as a one-stop-shop for all partners to use.
Additionally, during the webinar, socialprotection.org was presented as an another platform that facilitates South-South knowledge on existing social protection initiatives covering its features, main achievements and challenges, as well as perspectives for the future.
- Mr. Ian Thorpe, Chief of Learning and Knowledge Exchange, UNICEF
- Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director for Programme and Operations at UNOSSC
- Ms. Mariana Balboni, Senior Project Officer, IPC-IG
Ms. Martha Santos, Programme Manager, South-South/Horizontal Cooperation, UNICEF