Global Strategy Forum in Macau, China Seeks to Remove Gaps Between Rich and Poor by 2030

Aug 26, 2015

Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and President of the General Assembly High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, addresses the opening of the High-level Multi-stakeholders Strategy Forum on South-South cooperation in Macau, China.

Macau, SAR, China: 25 August – A High-level Multi-stakeholders Strategy Forum on South-South cooperation for sustainable development got off to a strong start Tuesday, with more than 200 delegates, from 50+ countries. The two-day Forum began with an opening ceremony featuring distinguished and powerful champions of South-South cooperation.

“We have seen a substantial global reduction in the number of poor people living in extreme poverty,” said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, of Dominica. “However, despite these gains, much more needs to be done. I wholeheartedly believe the path toward the kind of sustainable solutions we need lies through increase global support for south-south cooperation.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to the Forum, said, “It is clear that every country of the South has something of value to bring to the table, and that South-South and triangular cooperation will be crucial to ensuring the achievement of the sustainable development goals, shared prosperity and a life of dignity for all, where no one is left behind.”

This Strategy Forum is a timely opportunity to “review, consolidate, and enhance existing instruments and institutional arrangements,” said Ambassador Denis Antoine of Grenada, on behalf of Sam Kutesa of Uganda, President of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. “We need to build a more self-sustaining global South-South support architecture that addresses global and regional challenges. As we seek to strengthen support for existing initiatives, it is important to ensure that they are inclusive and their benefits and impacts are equitable.”

Under the leadership of Ambassador Abul Kalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, President of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, participants reviewed and strategically aligned existing instruments and innovative new approaches with diverse institutional partnerships and networks toward building an institutional alliance of the Global South to address global and regional challenges.

Despite the strong performance of many developing countries, progress across the South has been uneven. Extreme poverty, rampant inequality, malnutrition and vulnerability to climate and weather-related shocks persist.

According to the Multidimensional Poverty Index launched by UNDP this year, 2.2 billion people still live in abject of poverty. About 1.4 billion people, the majority of whom live in the Global South, still have no reliable electricity, 900 million do not have access to clean water and 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation.

The High-level Multi-stakeholders Strategy Forum aims to share experiences, perspectives and practical approaches to supporting the Global South to develop its own long-term vision for South-South cooperation and a global institutional arrangement as envisioned by the South Summits.

The outcome of the Forum will comprise a meaningful contribution toward the implementation of the emerging Post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The Strategy Forum will also serve as an immediate follow-up to the High-level Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Financing for Development in the South and Technology Transfer which was held from 17-18 May 2015, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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