[Dateline: Bangkok | Author: DESA/UNIS Bangkok]
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is hosting a two-day workshop on triangular and South-South cooperation, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.
The 21-22 October workshop in Bangkok is the first of a series of events that DESA intends to hold in the run-up to the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to be held in 2010. The discussions will concentrate on trends and progress in triangular and South-South cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.
Government officials, senior policymakers, UN representatives, civil society experts, and donor agencies from the Asian and Pacific region are expected to attend. ESCAP’s Deputy Executive Secretary Shigeru Mochida will deliver opening remarks at the workshop.
“The establishment of the DCF is a significant step in steering development cooperation towards the realization of the global partnership for development. This is essential as progress has been lagging behind in many areas of the global partnership,” says ECOSOC President, Ambassador Léo Mérorès.
Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon called on the DCF to “strengthen the coherence and effectiveness of development cooperation by identifying obstacles for programme countries in realizing the full potential of development assistance as well as overall trends in development cooperation.”
Mandated to enhance the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals and promote dialogue to find effective ways to support it, the DCF was launched in Geneva in July 2007 and the first biennial forum took place in New York this year. The DCF is expected to exert a positive influence on the international development cooperation system by bringing together all the relevant actors to engage in a dialogue on key policy issues affecting the quality and impact of development cooperation.
The Asia-Pacific workshop will discuss issues relating to effectiveness and coherence – and will provide policy guidance and recommendations on how to improve international development cooperation, centred on South-South and triangular cooperation, with the latter being South-South cooperation that is supported financially by donor countries or by international organizations.
The Asia-Pacific workshop will be organized around four segments with presentations, country-based case studies and discussions, addressing among others the following questions:
- Can lessons learnt in Asia on triangular development cooperation apply to other regions?
- How to support the development of voluntary systems in monitoring and evaluation?
- How to improve data collection on South-South and triangular development cooperation?
- What should be the role of the United Nations System?