Monday, 03 September 2012

2012 Global South-South Development Expo to be held in Vienna in November

VIENNA, 3 September 2012 – Showcasing successful regional and country-level solutions to the complex challenges facing the South will be the aim of the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo 2012) to be held at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna from 19 to 23 November.

This year’s event, under overarching theme “Energy and climate change: inclusive partnerships for sustainable development”, will focus on how renewable energy and climate change are intervolved with development issues and how they affect the South and impact on all of the significant development solutions.

The event is being co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A delegation from UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, led by Director Yiping Zhou, was in Vienna today for meetings with UNIDO officials and to officially confirm the two Organizations’ collaboration for the GSSD Expo 2012.

The 2012 event is expected to be attended by distinguished champions of South-South cooperation, including former heads of State, as well as government officials, senior officials of the UN system, members of the diplomatic corps, and business leaders from around the world. The exhibition floor will showcase nominated successful and innovative Southern-grown development solutions.

Since its inception, the GSSD Expo has allowed the international community to flag achievements, explore avenues for collaboration, forge new partnerships, and launch  collaborative schemes towards achieving internationally agreed development goals through South-South and triangular cooperation.

Being the first Expo initiative solely from the South and for the South, the GSSD Expo showcases successful Southern-grown development solutions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It helps the South realize its shared aspirations for achieving sustainable and equitable development, including through technology transfer and public-private partnerships.

In 1978, the UN passed the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. Since then, South-South cooperation has significantly impacted development throughout the world. In 2008, The Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, in its capacity as the General Assembly-mandated global and United Nations-wide facilitator of South-South and triangular cooperation, launched the first Global South-South Development Expo.

For more information, please visit

or contact:

Weixi Gong
UNIDO South-South Cooperation
Tel: +43 (1) 26026-3381

Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, UNDP
Tel.: (1) 212 906 6944

Share this page on: