The United Nations General Assembly on 6th October, 2009 adopted a resolution deciding
on the convening of the United Nations High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation
from 1-3 December, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Conference will be the first after
the establishment of South-South Co-operation framework 30 years ago in Buenos Aires,
The Conference in Nairobi was scheduled to coincide with the 30th anniversary of
the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action that laid down the principles and
modalities for co-operation among developing countries. Its main objective is to
review progress and challenges within the South-South Co-operation framework.
South-South Co-operation is a broad framework for collaboration among countries
of the South in political, economic, social, environmental and technical domains.
It takes place on bilateral, regional, sub-regional and intra - as well as inter-regional
bases. Developed countries and international organizations support and reinforce
South-South Co-operation through arrangements referred to as triangular co-operation.
The resolution adopted yesterday, among others, decides on the venue, dates, main
theme and sub-themes as well as expected outcome. It also urges all countries, partners
that include non-governmental organizations, United Nations organizations and financial
institutions to participate in the conference in accordance with the rules and procedures
of the UN General Assembly.
After the adoption of the resolution, H.E. Ambassador Zachary D. Muburi-Muita, Permanent
Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, New York, delivered a statement.
In which he expressed appreciation to the President of the General Assembly for
his spirited efforts to ensure the Conference takes place as had earlier been decided
in other related UN resolutions. He pointed out that the Kenya Government strongly
believes in South-South Co-operation as a viable mechanism for promoting the development
of the South, including through sharing of experiences, promotion of trade, transferring
appropriate and affordable technology and investment. It is because of the critical
importance of South-South Cooperation that the Kenya Government offered to host
the conference as part of our contribution to a noble objective.
The Permanent Representative called upon all Member States, the United Nations system
and other stakeholders to fully co-operate and support the preparatory process.
He observed that the adoption of the resolution brought a high sense of urgency
to all stakeholders. Each one had a responsibility that must be discharged efficiently
H.E. Ambassador Muburi-Muita seized the opportunity to express appreciation to all
countries for accepting and supporting Kenya's offer to host the Conference. He
further welcomed all delegations to Nairobi to experience traditional Kenyan hospitality.
The Conference is expected to play an important role in boosting tourism as well
as the image of the country. It is expected that the Conference will attract between
2,000-3,000 participants. For more information please visit www.ssc.undp.org.