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Highlights of knowledge sharing, capacity building and technical collaborations between Southern countries 
South-South Galaxy is a 'next generation’ platform, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), that offers transformational cooperation opportunities through enhanced knowledge sharing and collaboration across borders. 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, digital  innovators have been responding to the crisis with a progressive approach. South-South and triangular cooperation, through facilitating knowledge exchange, interaction and establishment of networks, building capacity and deploying working solutions and innovations on a broader level, will help us harness these innovations more widely in tackling challenges brought upon by the current pandemic.

Launched in June 2021, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)'s Global South COVID-19 Digital Innovation Challenge is identifying scalable, innovative, digital solutions that will enable countries, societies, communities, institutions and individuals from the Global South to deal with the cascading effects of the pandemic. The Challenge has received over 250 applications from the global South and, following a rigorous selection process, 25 shortlisted digital changemakers have been invited to present their digital solutions in front of a selection committee at the Live Pitch Event being held on 26 and 27 October during ITU's Global Innovation Forum (GIF).

Ten winners will be announced on 29 October at the GIF final session on “Bringing it all together”. Learn more about the upcoming event, meet the judges and sign up to attend.
This timely blog post by Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC, written to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, looks at South-South and triangular cooperation as an important means to address multi-dimensional poverty in the global South and its potential to deliver impact at scale for poverty reduction through regional and economic integration efforts. Read blog post.

Latest News & Updates

South-South Galaxy offers the latest news and updates on
South-South and Triangular cooperation.
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The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation (IBSA Fund) launched its latest Annual Report which presents the 2020 accomplishments of the dynamic interregional mechanism advancing South-South cooperation and summarizes achievements from earlier years. Learn more.
Upcoming third Southern Voice Research Conference, being held from 9-11 November 2021, looks at the role of Global South think tanks in shaping an equitable post-COVID world. It will pay particular attention to the role of think tanks from the Global South to foster transformative policies and rebalance power at multiple levels. Learn more
Through the World Food Program's South-South and triangular cooperation COVID-19 opportunity fund, China is sharing experience building digital platforms to modernize agriculture with Zambia to enhance the mobile-based application - Maano, to link Zambian farmers to buyers. Learn more.
At the August meeting, UNOSSC and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) signed an MOU bringing South-South cooperation for poverty reduction research community and the sustainable development think tank network chaired by CASS to South-South Global Thinkers. Learn more.

Partner of the Month

On a monthly basis, South-South Galaxy promotes a new partner organization on their exceptional South-South and triangular cooperation efforts. Read more.
September 2021 Partner of the Month: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, leads international efforts to defeat hunger. With over 194 member states and working in 130 countries worldwide, FAO embraces South-South and triangular cooperation as a key delivery modality in achieving food security for all. Learn more

October 2021 Partner of the Month: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), made up of 41 research institutes and 179 research centers across 300 sub-disciplines, promotes South-South and triangular initiatives through its Bureau of International Cooperation in numerous ways including conducting broad international academic exchange. Learn more

Featured South-South Solutions 

South-South Galaxy offers an exhaustive database on South-South and triangular cooperation good practices that are relevant to the implementation of all 17 SDGs.  Read more.
In this city-to-city FAO-supported project for food security and local economic development, Dakar (Senegal) shared its experience in micro-gardening technologies with Douala (Cameroon) and Praia (Cabo Verde) through South-South cooperation modalities such as fielding of experts, trainings, exposure visits to Dakar as well as a workshop in support of food policy and strategy development. This  solution is spotlighted for  World Cities Day, 31 October.  Learn more and connect.
A project supported by APC-Colombia, INDEPTH Network and partners, enabled Colombia and Ghana to combine efforts to improve sanitary conditions training in building a prototype compositing toilets to address environmental and social sanitary challenges in local communities. This solution is spotlighted for World Toilet Day, 19 November. Learn more and connect. 
Through a UNFPA-supported project Micronesia's Pohnpei State governement put in place a response & referral mechanism to provide appropriate services for victims of gender-based violence, following South-South exchanges on Solomon Islands' SAFENET referral system This solution is spotlighted for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November. Learn more and connect
Implemented by UNICEF, “A Billion Brains: Smarter Children, Healthier Economies” South-South Cooperation for Child Rights meeting in Asia and the Pacific fostered South-South knowledge exchange & collaboration between countries in the region recognizing that inclusive social development and equitable economic growth depend on investments in children. This solution is spotlighted for World Children's Day, 20 November. Learn more & connect.

Key Publications

South-South Galaxy offers a growing collection of cutting-edge research and tools on South-South and triangular cooperation developed by southern research institutions and development partners. Read more.
The publication pools together 10 powerful examples of UNICEF's collaborative projects with China in Africa and Asia that utilize the South-South cooperation modality to contribute to the SDGs and benefit children. Read more.

The report gives an overview of the ILO’s South-South and triangular cooperation work, and allows readers to understand the priorities and the development knowledge being created and shared by the organization and its partners.  Read more

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