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India Hosts Interaction on South-South Cooperation and Development Funding Challenges

The Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, convened a significant gathering at the Permanent Mission of India, engaging Permanent Representatives from Small-island Developing States (SIDS) and Landlocked-developing Countries (LLDC).

The meeting saw a robust turnout, with about 60 PRs from SIDS and LLDCs in attendance. Senior UN officials such as Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Under Secretary General and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, and Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, also attended the event.

The discussions centered on the critical role of South-South Cooperation in addressing shared developmental obstacles, with particular attention drawn to the persistent funding challenges hindering such a collaboration. Against the backdrop of global leaders’ calls for concerted efforts to achieve Agenda 2030, participants acknowledged the indispensable role of mechanisms like the India-UN Development Partnership Fund in advancing the objectives of the Decade for Action, especially amidst the struggles faced by the global South in attaining Agenda 2030.

Emphasizing the India-UN Development Partnership Fund as a beacon of Southern-owned, demand-driven, and sustainable development initiatives, particularly benefiting vulnerable communities in SIDS and LLDCs, Ambassador Kamboj articulated, “As we move forward on our collective journey towards a more sustainable and equitable world, let us persist in strengthening South-South Cooperation, let us draw inspiration from India-UN Development Partnership Fund, and let us continue to work together to create a brighter future for all.” She added, “India, whose ethos and philosophy always envision the world as one family, has consistently championed the cause of the Global South.”

The gathering will prove instrumental in laying the groundwork for the upcoming SIDS4 conference scheduled for 27-30 May 2024 in Antigua and Barbuda and the LLDC3 conference set to occur from 18-21 June 2024 in Rwanda.

Demonstrating a practical manifestation of our commitment to the Global South and contributing constructively to global development initiatives, it may be recalled that India pledged $300,000 each to support the SIDS and the LLDCs conferences.

 

27 March 2024