Partners in Population and Development (PPD) is pleased to congratulate the member states, other southern developing countries including the international community of nations on this auspicious United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation (SSC). PPD reiterates its renewed and reinvigorated commitments to the promotion of South-South Cooperation in Reproductive Health, Population and Development within the framework of ICPD Goals and 2030 SDGs.
The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation (SSC) this year carries a special significance since 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of adoption by consensus of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, which subsequently evolved into United Nations core program for the promotion of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
PPD was created in 1994 in September during ICPD with exclusive mandate of promoting South-South Cooperation focussing specifically on Reproductive Health, Population and Development within the framework of ICPD Program of Action. South-South Cooperation was practiced sporadically without any specific focus and institutional mechanism even before creation of PPD. It is PPD who gave South-South Cooperation an institutional mechanism and identified its specific focus of its activities as essential perquisite for sustainable development. PPD is now blessed with the membership, national political commitment and generous support of 26 developing countries accounting for 59% of the world population. It is the extensive advocacy and networking campaign of PPD with unrelenting commitment and support of the member states that encouraged many countries, regional and international organizations to adopt South-South Cooperation (SSC) as the most efficient and effective modality of international development cooperation.
PPD strongly believes that South-South and North-South Triangular Cooperation can help overcoming socio-economic challenges the southern countries are facing. In this backdrop, PPD is working in collaboration with UNFPA and BKKBN of Indonesia to organize the “Ministerial Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation on Population and Family Planning: Emerging Population and Development Issues Influencing the 2030 Agenda” in Bali Indonesia from 18 to 20 September 2018. The event is taking place preceding next year’s celebration of 25th anniversary of PPD and 40th anniversary of Buenos Aires Plan of Action adopted in 1978.