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24 March 2022, 14:30 - 17:00 UTC +7 | By invitation only

Roundtable on Network for South-South Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

Over the past decades, South-South cooperation (SSC) has gained increased importance in accelerating sustainable development in Asia-Pacific and has evolved as a key modality for member States to address transboundary issues such as responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, trade and transport connectivity, as well as issues of common concern, including poverty and inequalities, environment and ecosystem management and disaster risk reduction. Countries in the region have achieved significant socioeconomic development and technological progress. With countries in the South increasingly championing home-grown solutions, many are now in a position to provide technical assistance and development finance and share innovative approaches to support other countries to attain inclusive and sustainable development.

At the Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2019, more than 160 member States renewed their commitment to South-South cooperation as a means to achieve sustainable development. The importance of South-South and triangular cooperation (SS&TrC) was most recently reiterated through General Assembly resolution 76/221, which calls upon UNOSSC and the regional commissions to mainstream SS&TrC, including through regional collaborative frameworks. ESCAP and UNOSSC, especially through its regional office for Asia-Pacific, have been collaborating to strengthen the role of SS&TrC for addressing shared challenges. To this end, the Asia-Pacific Directors-General Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (Asia-Pacific DG Forum) was initiated in 2018 with the inaugural event co-convened with the Government of Thailand.

Looking forward, 2022 will mark a milestone in South-South cooperation in Asia-Pacific. The Government of Thailand, ESCAP and UNOSSC will jointly host the eleventh Global South-South Development Expo in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12 to 14 September 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 UN Day for South-South Cooperation and the fourth meeting of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum. These events will provide an opportunity for member States to discuss more concrete measures in the region for leveraging and enhancing the role of South-South cooperation as a key modality for sustainable recovery from the pandemic and for accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With this background and building on the discussions of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum, two arrangement options are proposed to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices among member States and to foster new ideas, namely, through (a) the establishment of a South-South Network of Technical Cooperation Providers and (b) the creation of working groups on South-South cooperation to strengthen the functions of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum.

A preparatory roundtable meeting for the 4th Asia-Pacific DG Forum will be held on 24 March 2022 as an associated event to the 9th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), to discuss the two proposed mechanisms and the preparations for this year’s Asia-Pacific DG Forum.

24 Mar 2022
14:30
14:45
SESSION 1 - Opening session
CR-3 and MS-Teams
  • Opening remarks by Mr. Adnan Aliani, Director, Strategy and Programme Management Division, ESCAP
  • Opening remarks by Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, Regional Office Asia and Pacific
14:45
16:15
SESSION 2 – Presentation and Discussion on SSC Proposals
CR-3 and MS-Teams

Session objective: To provide an overview of the two proposed mechanisms to strengthen SSC in Asia-Pacific and the role of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum and seek member States’ guidance on way forward.

Setting the scene - Presentation by UNOSSC on:

  • Overview of global SSC landscape
  • The global DG Forum
  • UN System-wide Strategy on South-south and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development and South-South Galaxy

Setting the scene - Presentation by ESCAP on:

  • Overview of regional SSC landscape
  • Review of outcomes of 2021 SSC survey in Asia-Pacific

Discussion on two presented proposals and outcome of preparatory bilateral meetings held with member States

  • Proposal 1 - The establishment of a South-South Network of Technical Cooperation Providers
  • Proposal 2 - The creation of Working Groups on South-South cooperation to strengthen the functions of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum

Presentations/interventions from member States on status of national work related to SSC. Representatives are encouraged to limit statements to 7 minutes per country. Longer statements may be submitted in writing and will be reflected in the meeting report.

Q&A and discussion on two proposed arrangements

16:15
16:45
SESSION 3 – Preparations for Global South-South Development Expo 2022 and 4th Asia-Pacific DG Forum
CR-3 and MS-Teams
  • Presentation on status of planning and organization of GSSD EXPO
  • Presentation on status of planning and organization of the 4th Asia-Pacific DG Forum
  • Q&A, country interventions and discussion
16:45
17:00
SESSION 4 - Summary and Closing
CR-3 and MS-Teams
  • Summary of key findings, discussions, and ways forward

List of participants                                                                                                                    

Member

Bangladesh

Mr. Rabbi Miah, Joint Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh

Mr. Syed Rashedul Hossen, Economic Minister and Alternate Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to ESCAP, Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok

Mr. Nirjhar Adhikary, First Secretary, Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok
 

India

Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Counsellor and Alternate Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok

Mr. Anil Singh, Attache and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok
 

Indonesia

Ms. Maria Renata Hutagalung, Director for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Mr. Agus Badrul Jamal, Minister Counsellor, Directorate for Socio-Cultural Affairs and International Organizations for Developing Countries, Directorate General for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Mr. Priyanto Rohmattullah, Deputy Director, Directorate of Foreign Policy and International Development Cooperation, Bappenas, Indonesia

Mr. Ahmad Rama Aji Nasution, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok

Ms. Febby Fahrani, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok

Ms. Briliantina Putri, Counsellor, Directorate for International Development Cooperation, Directorate General for Information and Public Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Mr. R. Wisnu L Dwinanto, Counsellor, Directorate for Development, Economic and Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia   

Ms. Ririn D. Fitriani, First Secretary, Directorate for International Development Cooperation, Directorate General for Information and Public Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Mr. Mustika Hanum Widodo, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok

Ms. Mila Miranda Tarigan, Second Secretary, Directorate for International Development Cooperation, Directorate General for Information and Public Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Mr. Evan Pujonggo, Second Secretary, Directorate for Development, Economic and Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Ms. Tri Azmi Khairunnisa, Planner, Directorate for Foreign Policy and International Development Cooperation, Ministry of National Development Planning

Ms. Cintantya Rastha, Attache, Directorate for International Development Cooperation, Directorate General for Information and Public Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia 

 

Kazakhstan

Mr. Nurbolat Alimbayev, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCAP, Embassy of Kazakhstan in Bangkok, Kazakhstan

 

Malaysia

Mr. Khaeriah Zaehera Abd Kayyum, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

 

Pakistan

Ms. Faiza Haseeb, Deputy Head of Mission/Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Bangkok            
 

Philippines

Ms. Lilybeth Deapera, Chair-Alternate, Technical Cooperation Council of the Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

Ms. Stacy Danika Alcantara-Garcia, Acting Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

Ms. Beatriz Ines Herrera-Davila, Second Secretary, Philippine Embassy, Bangkok, Philippines

Ms. Rowena Ricafort, Assistant, Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of United Nations and International Organizations, Philippines

Ms. Rosette Razon, Attaché, Philippine Embassy, Philippines
 

Singapore

Ms. Elenore Kang, Deputy Director/Asia-Pacific Programmes/Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore,

Ms. Yuin-Lyn Ng, Deputy Director/International Programmes/Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Ms. Charis Cheng, Technical Cooperation Officer/International Programmes, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore         
 

Thailand

Ms. Arunee Hiam, Director of Development Promotion and Coordination Division, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Mr. Chananchid Maliwan, International Development Cooperation Officer, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
 

Turkey

Mr. Emr Yuksek, Senior Specialist, TIKA Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, Turkey
 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Mr. Adnan Aliani, Director, Strategy and Programme Management Division,

Ms. Zeynep Orhun, Chief, Capacity Development and Partnerships Section, Strategy and Programme Management Division

Ms. Ingrid Dispert, Programme Management Officer, Strategy and Programme Management Division

Ms. Wanphen Sreshthaputra, Programme Management Officer, Strategy and Programme Management Division

 

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation for Asia-Pacific

Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator    

Mr. Maes Suwantra, Advocacy Advisor

Ms. Saowaluk Sangsomboon, Programme Associate

Ms. Yejin Kim, Project Manager

Ms. Leba Salusalu, Research Specialist, UN Office for South-South Cooperation, Fiji

 

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