The Global South-South Development EXPO 2016 was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 31 to November 3, 2016. "South-South Cooperation: Enhancing innovation towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" was the overall theme of the annual event, which hosted the UN Representatives and UNDP Resident Coordinators in different countries; UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes; intergovernmental organizations; think tanks, and other partner organizations showcasing their best practices. The EXPO also included a series of “Solution Forums” where key stakeholders from throughout the Global South engaged with their counterparts to exchange knowledge and experiences on a wide range of issues, including economic growth, food security, public-private partnership, green technology transfer, industrial innovation, global health, youth empowerment and peace-building.
At the invitation of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), ECO Secretariat attended this important Global South-South Development event for the first time. Deputy Secretary General Mr. Kanan Nazarov participated in the Plenary Sessions on "Cross-regional South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Promoting Sustainable Development" and "Research on South-South Cooperation in the Context of the SDGs", and “High-level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation”.
On 4th of November ECO Deputy Secretary General also attended the First Regional Networking Forum on "The role of South-South/East-East cooperation in advancing the achievement of national development priorities in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda". The Forum was an opportunity for national focal points on South-South Cooperation and for representatives of various relevant regional groupings as well as other key global and regional multilateral institutions to exchange approaches to formulating national South-South Cooperation strategies as a means to further improve the national level coordination of South-South and Triangular Cooperation activities, to establish new partnerships, as well as to agree on joint projects and innovative practical solutions, so as to best contribute towards the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. ECO Deputy Secretary General in his remarks, briefed the Forum about the Organization and ECO Region. He pointed out that regional groupings can serve as a practical platform to promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation and to implement Global South strategies towards the achievement of SDG's, and ECO can play role and contribute in this regard. As the outcome of the First Regional Networking Forum, Joint Statement on South-South Cooperation was adopted.
On the sidelines of GSSD EXPO 2016, ECO Deputy Secretary General also met with representatives of the UN missions and UN agencies.
ECO-UNOSS Bilateral Meeting
On the sidelines of the Global South-South Development EXPO 2016, ECO Deputy Secretary General Mr. Kanan Nazarov held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for South-South Cooperation and Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) on November 2, 2016. The two sides exchanged views on finalizing the draft MoU between ECO and UNOSSC and discussed the ways of working on a strategic framework for the projects and activities to be jointly implemented in the areas of interest.