14 July 2017
United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
As the lead UN agency mandated with promoting South-South and triangular cooperation, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) commits to: (1) Promote South-South and triangular (North-South-South) cooperation, and streamline and lead global advocacy efforts to develop and strengthen these partnerships; (2) Leverage the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) and South-South Global Health Exchange (SS-GHX) platforms to strengthen knowledge sharing, capacity building and technical assistance between countries; (3) Adopt a multisectoral approach, drawing upon existing partnerships with UN Agencies, governments, civil society and other stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate projects that advance the vision and objectives of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. (4) Utilize a public-private partnership approach to optimise advocacy and strengthen the delivery of these commitments. (5) Mobilize political, institutional, technical, and financial support globally, offering SS-GATE and SS-GHX services to Southern countries to enhance the role and potential of emerging economies. SS-GATE and SS-GHX are General Assembly endorsed platforms that enable Southern countries to identify, exchange, adapt, finance, and scale-up global health solutions. SS-GATE currently has 50 country centres in 40 countries, encompassing tens of millions of potential beneficiaries. Together, the platforms leverage between USD $150,000 and USD $200,000 annually towards programs that address health issues including MNACH. This is an initial five-year commitment from January 2016 until December 2020.
Overall, UNOSSC has made good progress towards their commitment to EWEC. Over the past 12 months, UNOSSC has focused on mobilizing institutional support for South-South cooperation in health, and on the continued development of the South-South Global Health Exchange (SS-GHX) in collaboration with partners. SS-GHX is designed to be an online platform for sharing and exchange of knowledge, policies, best practices, and innovations between countries of the global South.