Strengthening SDG 17 through South-South and Triangular Cooperation

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) recently convened a  meeting in New York with members of the South-South Global Thinkers –– a Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for South-South Cooperation. The meeting brought together over 13 Southern-based think tanks and other participants for discussions under the theme “Strengthening SDG 17 through South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Plurality and Way Forward from BAPA+40”. The meeting provided a platform for South-South Global Thinkers t members to reflect on their regional experiences, whilst highlighting areas in which a reduction in inequality can have significant economic, social and political returns. The meeting also highlighted how South-South Cooperation can help develop more effective partnerships to reduce the issue of inequality among countries. The meeting concluded with the sharing of expert insights on the issue of inequality, and recommendations to delve deeper into certain thematic issues such as governance, climate change, technology, gender, health, access to productive resources, social norms, and culture, among others. The issue of data challenges in adequately painting a picture of inequality was also discussed at length; the efforts of the 2019 HDR to go beyond traditional methodological approaches were highly appreciated across the table. CSEA’s Executive Director, Dr. Chukwuka Onyekwena, contributed to the discussions which was held in New York on July 18, 2019.