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India will do its best to promote South-South cooperation: UN envoy Ruchira Kambojo

India will continue to do its best to advance South-South cooperation, which has become even more important at a time when developing nations were left to fend for themselves during most of the time. COVID-19 pandemic, country UN Ambassador Ruchira Kambojo Said.

South-South cooperation is a broad framework of cooperation among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technological fields.

Triangular cooperation is cooperation in which traditional donor countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives through the provision of funding, training, management and technical systems as well as other forms of support.

South-South and Triangular Cooperation is one of the important drivers of regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific and has resulted in increased volumes of South-South trade, foreign direct investment flows and technology transfers.

“South-South and triangular cooperation, we feel very strongly here in India, is the right thing to do multilaterally, work for development is the right thing to do. And this is a small contribution that India, with its commitment to multilateralism, and South-South cooperation at the United Nations, is undertaking to support,” Ambassador Kamboj said on Tuesday.

She was speaking at the ‘Global South-South Development Expo’, a joint side event organized by the United Nations Political and Peacebuilding (UN DPPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Peace and Development . The event showcased the concrete South-South and triangular cooperation initiative in the field of peace and development implemented by the Global South with the support of the United Nations DPPA and UNDP.

The purpose of the event is to explore measures to enhance strategic, coordinated and coherent policy and programmatic support for South-South and Triangular Cooperation to enhance the impact of all UN activities at the national, regional and global levels.

Kamboj said the COVID pandemic has tested the resilience of multilateral institutions and the global South is largely defending itself. “Realizing that the global South has mostly been left to fend for itself during the pandemic, South-South cooperation becomes even more important. India will and will continue to do its best to take this forward.”

Kamboj highlighted that India has taken a leading role in establishing the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure which seeks to develop and deploy cost-effective and transformative solutions.

Noting that at a time when funds are being squeezed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or urgent needs are being prioritized due to the pandemic, Kamboj said: “We need to ensure That the funds should be used to the maximum to achieve the SDGs.”

“As we seek to build better from the pandemic, it is important that not only does the global South continue to demonstrate strong solidarity and share resources, but it is equally important for developed countries to come forward in the same spirit and ensure is important. We don’t downplay our ability to achieve the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda,” he said, adding that “India talks here.”

On COVID-19 Vaccines, Kamboj said Prime Minister Narendra ModiThe call for a ‘One Earth One Health’ approach “underlines our continued commitment to the global South”, already evident in the supply of more than 240 million vaccine doses to more than 100 countries.

“The Government of India’s motto – for development of all, with faith and effort of all – resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind,” she said.

On peacekeeping, Kamboj said that India has a very strong footprint and “our strong advocacy of introducing new and advanced technology in peacekeeping operations to address security and mandate implementation challenges, particularly needs a mention.” Is.”

In 2021, under India’s presidency of the Security Council, and at a cost of USD 1.6 million, India supported the launch of the Unite Aware platform aimed at enhancing the safety and security of peacekeepers.

Kamboj underlined the importance of the India United Nations Development Partnership Fund, a “very unique initiative” undertaken by India in the context of South-South cooperation.

Launched in 2017 with a value of USD 150 million, it supports South-owned and South-led sustainable development projects that support Least Developed Countries (LDCs), LLDCs (Underground Developing Countries) and SIDS ( small island developing states).

As part of the COVID response, the India-UN Fund has commissioned projects in 15 countries, from Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean to Palau, the Bahamas, Bolivia and Mali, spread over a wide range of areas. and issues related to health, education, drinking water supply, COVID vaccination, building disaster resilient infrastructure, empowering women, enhancing capacity building, and creating innovation hubs.

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