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Solution forums

The Global South-South Development Expo 2012 solution forums provided a venue for interactive discussions and presentations of successful Southern development solutions. The featured development solutions, five to six per Forum, included Southern-grown solutions, South-South partnership solutions, North-South-South triangular partnership solutions, and public-private partnerships that have the potential to be scaled-up.

All Southern development solutions (SDSs) showcased addressed the following topics: why a specific solution worked in a given environment; the kinds of benefits that it generated and whether those benefits were equitably shared; what made it sustainable; whether the same SDS has been adapted to a different country context and, if so, what lessons were learned from that experience; what are the minimal requirements for another country to implement the SDS; the kind of technical support that the SDS-originating country might provide; and, last but not least, how a traditional donor, multilateral organization, private-sector or civil society organization could support mutual learning and scaling up.

The following provides a brief overview of each forum and links to other relevant information.


Forum 1: Energy, climate change and industrial development

This UNIDO organized forum focused on solutions that have identified and overcome potential roles and barriers to the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as resource efficiency and low carbon technologies in industry. The use of these types of technologies and management approaches are central for green growth and the transition to a low-carbon economy. In the case of renewable energy, generation and supply through (i) on-grid connections for all forms of industrial and productive use applications, (ii) off-grid solutions (mini grids) for SMEs and productive uses, and (iii) energy services as a business sector are all crucial to accelerate green growth and create local employment opportunities.

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Forum 2: Energy, climate change and decent work

The ILO Solution Forum on Energy, Climate Change and Decent Work presented development solutions relevant to social protection, job security and economic empowerment as a result of improving the access to energy for all, climate change and the direction towards a green economy. The Forum provided results-based presentations and scalable solutions and ensured that employment, decent work and social inclusion are integral parts of any sustainable development strategy. It also focused and put emphasis on skills and education policies to facilitate job transition and improve employability; including equitable outcomes for vulnerable groups i.e. women, girls and youth. Finally, the Forum will also leverage on social protection mechanisms and strategies for sustainable development.

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Forum 3: Energy and climate change: Bio-diversity, forestry and land degradation

UNEP presented development solutions in the forum on bio-diversity, forestry and land degradation. This is increasingly relevant in the midst of climate change and increasing demand for energy - especially in restoring or rehabilitating degraded habitats and ecosystem services, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, preserving and enhancing the ecosystem services that buffer communities from extreme events; and ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable.

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Solution Forum 4: Energy, climate change and food security

The FAO lead forum presented solutions designed to support families and societies in coping with the adverse effects of climate change and depleting energy sources. The Forum provided results-based presentations as a basis for a series of conversations on approaches to scaling up. The forum was an interactive debate between three successive panels where participants addressed the topics of 1) rural energy, 2) food security and 3) climate change/resources management.

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Forum 5: Energy, climate change, health, youth and women

Climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health, and changes the way we must look at identifying and protecting vulnerable populations. Climate change hazards will range widely, from acute storms to long term changes associated with temperature increase and precipitation change, meaning many aspects of health, life and livelihoods will be impacted. This Solutions Forum presented by UNFPA, PAHO and UN Women focused on country and south-south experiences of integrating population dynamics, gender and health into climate change and climate-relevant solutions.

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Solution Forum 6: Energy, climate change and energy access


The objective of this panel organized by IRENA and UNDP was to bring together speakers from government, private sector, civil society, and other development partners from the South to showcase energy access solutions on the ground. It was an opportunity to share and exchange South-South development solutions to the complex challenges of poverty and climate change. Review of successful renewable energy initiatives which have resulted in enhancing energy access and improving the living standards of various communities were presented in this 2.5 hour session.

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