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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica entered into a partnership through the South-South Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Development, with the financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This initiative was established in 2002 based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and participation of all societal stakeholders.

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PSSC took part in the Partnerships Forum

During Rio+20 PSSC took part the Partnerships Forum. This Forum consisted of ¨highly dynamic and interactive sessions to highlight the significant contributions of partnerships to the implementation of sustainable development¨. The Partners in South-South Cooperation (PSC) partnership between Costa Rica, Benin, and Bhutan has proven a clear example of the value of partnerships in the implementation of sustainable development, with the PSC winning the UNDP South-South Cooperation Award in 2010.

The schedule for the Partnerships Forum included 5 different sessions spread over 3 days and PSSC was looking forward to participating in the sessions and learning from the other partnerships. Programme for South-South Cooperation Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica participated at a session of the Partnerships Forum at Rio+20 entitled Speed Brokering for Partnerships: scaling-up and replicating best practices in sustainable development. 

For more information of the Partnerships Forum, including a schedule of the sessions, please click on this link.


Rio+20 presented an historic opportunity for the international community to ¨define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all¨. Rio+20 is once again being held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil as a 20 year follow up to the initial United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The initial Rio Summit succeeded in creating a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

The Rio or Earth Summit, in 1992, inspired a collaboration between the Government of Costa Rica and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to initiate and execute an innovative form of international cooperation for sustainable development. This cooperation came in the form of a bilateral Sustainable Development Agreement, which was formalized in 1994. From this agreement, grew “Fundecooperacion el Desarollo Sostenible” as a means of implementing the agreement; an NGO that 20 years later is participating in “Rio+20″ after showing impresive results.

The objective of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in June, is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.

The Conference were focus on two themes:

(a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
(b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Rio+20 will take place in Brazil from June 12-23, 2012.

For more information on the Partnerships Forum, in which Fundecooperacion will participate, please click this link.

For more information on Agroforestry, on which Fundecooperacion will participate in an event, please click this link.

Building Block on South-South and Triangular Cooperation Brussels

The IV High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, that took place in Busan, Republic of Korea (November 29 - December 1) was a historic opportunity to recognize that the cooperation landscape is experiencing decisive changes, several of them triggered by the pro-active role of southern partners that are broadening the menu of development options for addressing key development common challenges.

The Busan Outcome Document not only pledges to broaden support for South-South (SSC) and Triangular Cooperation (TrC), helping to tailor these horizontal partnerships to a greater diversity of country contexts and needs. It also provides a clear and strong political mandate, in the framework of the emerging Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

More than 60 partners of the South-South process had been working towards this goal since the Bogotá High Level Event in March 2010. This 20-month process marked a milestone in the history of SSC and TrC as countries, international organizations and civil society organizations, with the support of a community of practice of more than 1,400 members worldwide and a broad network of academic institutions from Africa, America and Asia, engaged in an extended and rigorous discussion in order to explore the full potential of this modality and its contribution to global development.

The results of this process not only showed the importance of learning more systematically and rigorously (producing 31 case studies and more than 150 case stories) about what works and what doesn't in SSC and TrC, it also generated valuable commitments at the global and national level that are now key to the success of the implementation of a more detailed work plan.

Objectives of the meeting

As announced during the breakfast meeting that gathered all the Building Block members in Busan (Nov. 30, 2011), the first official working meeting of the Building Block will be convened by the Government of Colombia and facilitated by La Francophonie on the March 5-6, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

During the meeting, all members will have the opportunity to examine the proposal in light of the commitments contained in the Busan Outcome Document and the current discussions of the Post-Busan Interim Group, and agree on concrete actions and next steps that will allow its successful implementation.

PSSC to attend the Global South-South Expo 2011

expo logoThe Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) will be the chance to appreciate the successes achieved in the field of Southern development cooperation. The forum, organised by the UN Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, will be held in Rome from the 5th to the 9th of December 2011.

Developing countries, together with donor agencies, UN organizations, private-sector and civil society organizations will illustrate their achievements, putting on display the ways that South-South cooperation has helped them overcome the development challenges they have had to face.

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PSSC to attend the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness - Busan

busanMinisters from across the globe, from both developing and donor countries, government representatives, parliamentarians, civil society organisations and private sector representatives will come together for the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness at the Bexco convention centre in Busan, Korea, from 29 November to 1 December 2011.

Approximately 2000 delegates will review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to further ensure that aid helps reduce poverty and supports progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

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