United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation Date in the current year: September 12, 2016

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation September 12 is United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. This observance was officially established in December 2003. It was originally observed on December 19, but in 2011 the date was moved to September 12.

The term “South-South cooperation” refers to the exchange of knowledge, technology and resources between the countries of the global South, i.e. developing countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

The UN Unit for South-South Cooperation was established in 1978, but the cooperation between developing countries started to gain momentum only in the 1990s. This type of cooperation is not indented to replace North-South cooperation, being a complement rather than a substitute.

South-South cooperation helps reduce dependence of developing countries on the help of developed states, it is considered to be an important element of international cooperation for the sake of development.

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation aims at raising awareness of the importance of South-South cooperation. It is observed on September 12 to commemorate the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries in 1978.Remind me with Google Calendar


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