Along with the work of Cuban doctors, the celebration recognizes the value of joint family farming and school feeding programs between Congo and Brazil or the UNESCO teacher training programs that united Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation promotes an opportunity to raise awareness and highlight the pressing needs of some of these regions, according to the organization.
This exchange, considered an expression of solidarity among developing peoples and countries, contributes to their well-being and their national and collective self-sufficiency in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The date is celebrated this year one week before the SDG Summit, set during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly, with the purpose of presenting transformative initiatives for the most urgent priorities of the 2030 Agenda.
“In these kinds of actions, developing countries share knowledge, skills, experiences and resources that can speed up progress towards the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” the United Nations website stated.
Another modality is triangular cooperation, in which traditional donor countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives with financing, training, management and technological systems, as well as other forms of support.
Among its purposes, this exchange seeks to promote and strengthen the developing countries’ self-sufficiency by increasing their creative capacity to find technological solutions and capabilities.
It also seeks collective self-sufficiency among developing nations through the exchange of experiences, as well as recognizing and responding to the problems and needs of the least developed countries.