The Government of U.A.E. hosted the eighth annual Global South-South Development Expo 2016 in Dubai from October 31 to November 3 2016. The EXPO was organised by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in conjunction with more than 20 UN agencies and other international partners.
The Expo brang together Government Ministers, Business Leaders, Experts and heads of international organisations was run under the theme “South-South Cooperation: Enhancing innovation towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, and aimed to engage all development sectors, including the private sector and civil society, to scale up concrete Southern-grown initiatives to help achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The EXPO addressed eight main themes in relation to sustainable development: poverty eradication, food security, public private partnerships, green technology transfer, economic growth, industrial innovation, green economies, and global health.
The GSSD Expo is a platform for showcasing and scaling up development initiatives while leveraging the complementary strengths of all institutional partners in addressing global and regional challenges. Since its launch in 2008, the GSSD Expo has showcased 500+ Southern solutions, hosted 4,500+ development experts and practitioners, connected 150 countries, mobilized $15 million+ in partner financing, launched 15 South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives, and encouraged 30 UN partners to Deliver as One.
SESRIC participated to the GSSD Expo to broaden its partnership with relevant national, regional and international organisations in development areas towards enhancing its role in the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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