The High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from December 1-3, 2009.
The General Assembly decided, by resolution 64/1 of 6 October 2009, that the Conference is to be held “at the highest possible level”. It will have the overarching theme of “Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Development” and will consist of plenary meetings and interactive multi-sector stakeholder round tables on two sub-themes: (i) Strengthening of the role of the United Nations system in supporting South-South and triangular cooperation; and (ii) South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Development: complementarities, specificities, challenges and opportunities”.
The Conference is the outcome of a United Nations decision to convene such a conference on the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among developing countries (TCDC).
All States of the United Nations system, as well as intergovernmental organizations with observer status with the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations specialized agencies and other entities of the United Nations system, have been invited by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to participate in the Conference. Also invited are Non-Governmental Organizations and public and private sector development partners of the United Nations.
The General Assembly has described South-South cooperation as “an important element of international cooperation for development, which offers viable opportunities for developing countries in their individual and collective pursuits of sustained economic growth and sustainable development,” emphasizing that South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but is complementary to North-South cooperation.