Mini forums

The Global South-South Development Expo 2012 mini forums presented existing tools of the international community that address climate change and promote South-South cooperation while exploring prospective mechanisms and future collaborative schemes.

In a nutshell, the mini forums had the aim to:

  • Present and discuss existing mechanisms used by UN Agencies or international agencies to address climate change while promoting South-South cooperation
  • Showcase successful mechanisms or initiatives from private-public Partnerships, South-South or triangular stakeholders
  • Explore prospective mechanisms and future collaborative schemes

The following will provide you with a brief overview of each mini forum and links to other relevant information.

Forum 1: Knowledge sharing networks and networks governance

This forum was presented by UNIDO in two parts, titled: Networks For Prosperity and Industrial Knowledge Bank.

The Networks for Prosperity initiative (N4P) was presented; it targets facilitating international knowledge exchange and networking in the field of sustainable economic development and the respective policy-making processes. In line with this trend towards an increased importance of knowledge sharing and networking in development cooperation, the initiative launched the report “Networks for Prosperity: achieving development goals through knowledge sharing” in November 2011.

The Industrial Knowledge Bank segment acquainted attendees with the mechanisms and achievements of the UNIDO Industrial Knowledge Bank (IKB) through testimonials from selected participating institutions. The IKB is an innovative South-South mechanism initiated in 2010. The IKB enhances the exchange of Expertise and Knowhow between countries by leveraging the economic and distinctive intellectual resources each of them. The IKB acts as a multifaceted tool of knowledge sharing and technical cooperation between countries: Participating Public and Private Institutions play alternatively the role of Donors and Recipients of Knowledge. UNIDO plays the role of international knowledge asset repository and knowledge manager.

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Forum 2: Voices form the front-lines: South-South local academy

Lead by the UNDP the forum presented a range of mechanism and tools currently under implantation in South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Asia and Pacific regions, and the North Africa and Latin America contexts. These included:

  • The South-South Citizenry Based Development Sub-Academy (SSCBDA): a forum, where solutions on protecting communities are shared and expressed. It is a local translation of the global platforms to bridge the gap between global intentions and local efforts in the area of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem restoration and management.
  • UNDP ART Initiative (Articulation of Territorial Networks for Human Development) which promotes comprehensive, multi-level, multi-partner frameworks for development cooperation actors interested in harmonizing and aligning their interventions at the local level with national development strategies as well as from structured south-south and triangular dialogue.  

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Forum 3: Green industrial skills for sustainable development

Today’s world is faced with various challenges which include increasing competition, resource scarcity, growing energy demand, greater urbanization and mobility, increased production needs and economic turmoil. These challenges present real threats to our way of life, but also opportunities for development, in particular within the industry sector. The mini forum on green industrial skills and sustainable development, organized by UNIDO and Un Volunteers discussed the radical change being rapidly reshaped by new technologies, globalization and environmental concerns which offer many prospects to create new markets and different ways of working.

The mini-forum discussed issues and trends affecting needs for green industrial skills  and their development and also provided a valuable basis for strategies to satisfy industries’ green education and training needs into the future. More specifically the following questions were addressed:

  • Why is green industrial skills development an issue that requires decision-makers’ urgent intervention?
  • What are the factors that are influencing the skills needs and human capital trends as they relate to the green industrial sector?
  • Synergy between industry and education: volunteering youth and training for employability and environmental friendly productivity?
  • What should be the role of a multilateral development agency in reducing existing skill gaps?

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Forum 4: Mutual personal exchange and South-South capacity-building – The case of FK Norway and Clean Air Asia

The FK Norway South-South cooperation program promotes mutual capacity building through exchange of personnel between organizations, institutions and companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The participants in the exchange programme, young professionals aged 22-35, learn and share skills and knowledge during a 10-month stay with their host organization and after returning home.

This mini-forum presented an analysis on the exchange of personnel as a method for South-South cooperation, based on the experiences of the CAI-Asia network with the FK Norway model. The mini-forum presented the results achieved by the CAI network in terms of professional quality improvements, institutional learning, regional cooperation and the formation of strategic relationships, as well as inter-cultural competence and leadership development. The pros and cons of one-year internships as opposed to short-term technical training were also discussed.

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Forum 5: Public-private partnerships and innovative financing for South-South cooperation

Public-private partnerships (PPP) and South-South cooperation (SSC) was the sectoral focus of this session in contribution to making partnerships work in a complex world as articulated in MDG No. 8. Development actors who are engaged in PPP and SSC networks have displayed the enormous opportunities available to positively influence development. The mini-forum explored global and regional issues in the context of growing economic linkages among developing countries and considered the practical approaches to financing south-south cooperation in the area of trade, investment, finance as well as expand the strengths and value addition of Public-Private Partnership in development areas such as infrastructure and environment.

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Forum 6: Environment and legal empowerment

The mini-forum on Environment and Legal Empowerment facilitated in-depth discussions on the growing interest in rule of law, access to justice and legal empowerment oriented approaches to inclusive and sustainable development. The forum was in the form of an international panel of experts, policy makers, NGOs, private sector and other non-state actors. As an evolving area, the forum showcased southern grown solutions in the form of selected initiatives and country case studies from Asia, Africa, LAC and the Arab regions that facilitate south-south learning and innovations that are replicable.

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