2014 South-South Expo in Washington, DC to Showcase New Inclusive Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development

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Press Briefing 11:00 am, Monday, 17 November – Immediately following the High-level Opening Ceremony

The UN Global South-South Development Expo returns to Washington DC this year to benefit from the experience if USAID, the IMF, the World Bank, the OAS and others.

The UN Global South-South Development Expo returns to Washington DC this year to benefit from the experience if USAID, the IMF, the World Bank, the OAS and others.

2014 South-South Expo in Washington, DC to Showcase New Inclusive Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

17-21 November 2014, Organization of American States (OAS) Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

Press Briefing 11:00 am, Monday, 17 November – Immediately following the High-level Opening Ceremony:

  • H.E. Mr. Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations and President of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation.
  • H.E. Mr. Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations and Chair-elect of the Group of 77 (2015).
  • Mr. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS).
  • Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB).
  • Mr. Yiping Zhou, Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

The seventh annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo), is being hosted by OAS, in close coordination with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and in conjunction with more than 20 UN agencies and partners. It will strategically engage all development actors, including the private sector and civil society, to scale up concrete Southern-grown initiatives to help achieve the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The GSSD Expo is a one-of-a-kind platform for showcasing and scaling up development initiatives while leveraging the complementary strengths of all institutional partners in addressing global and regional challenges.

More than $450 million was pledged between investors, green businesses, governments and other parties at the GSSD Expo 2013, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi last year.

The GSSD Expo 2014 is a strategic opportunity for countries, businesses, organizations and citizens alike.

The media are invited and encouraged to attend all Expo events.

At the opening on 17 November, statements will be made by Abulkalam Abdul Momen, President of the General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation; Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, Chair-elect of the Group of 77 (2015); José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS); Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB); Jon Lomøy, Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate; Kim Young-mok, President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency; and Christian Friis Bach, Executive Director of the UN Economic Commission for Europe among others.

Since its inception in 2008, the GSSD Expo has featured documented best practices from hundreds of partner countries, UN agencies, private-sector enterprises and civil-society organizations. To effectively build on this broad global partnership, the eight thematic areas of the GSSD Expo 2014 address Sustainable Development with particular focus on: (1) Poverty Eradication; (2) Food Security; (3) Public Private Partnerships; (4) Green Technology Transfer; (5) Decent Work; (6) Industrial Development; (7) Green Economies; and (8) Global Health.

For more information and to register: http://www.southsouthexpo.org.

Media Contacts: Adam Rogers, UNOSSC Geneva: adam(dot)rogers(at)undp(dot)org, mobile +41 79 849 0679;

or Mithre J. Sandrasagra, UNOSSC New York: mithre(dot)sandrasagra(at)undp(dot)org, mobile +1 646 391 7834

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