The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to be a robust knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to Member States and United Nations entities on South-South and triangular cooperation enabling developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness global opportunities to address them, in tandem with monitoring progress on implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, New Directions Strategy and the Nairobi Outcome.
UNOSSC engages with Member States globally, regionally, as well as within the UN system to facilitate practical expressions of Southern solidarity towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.? UNOSSC works with a wide range of partners including global centers of excellence to intensively explore how building endogenous capacity can be encouraged, how broadening and sharing technological advances within the global South will systematically occur, and how emerging innovative financing mechanisms can be harnessed through South-South and triangular cooperation. UNOSSC ensures that our southern constituencies have timely access to high quality analytical planning, mapping, programming, and reporting on data, trends and opportunities that will propel South-South and triangular cooperation in ways that ensure success.
The Executive Committee of the United Nations Secretary-General, in decision 2017/63, called for strengthening the United Nations positioning and capacity to support South-South cooperation. The decision mandated:
UNOSSC to consider commissioning an independent annual comprehensive South-South cooperation report. UNOSSC, supported by DESA, UNDG, and UN regional and country teams, to conduct a mapping of major development cooperation activities led by the South and key South-South cooperation providers, assessing potential linkages with the 2030 Agenda and opportunities for UNs engagement and to do so efficiently, based on the existing mapping and reviews already conducted.