UN Definition of SSC

The United Nations defines South-South Cooperation (SSC) as “a process whereby two or more developing countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how, and through regional and interregional collective actions, including partnerships involving governments, regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector, for their individual and/or mutual benefit within and across regions. South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South cooperation”. The SSC agenda is guiding by the principles of respect for national sovereignty, national ownership and independence, equality, non-conditionality, non-interference in domestic affairs, and mutual benefit.


South-South Cooperation in practical terms means A partnership between equals; mutual sharing and exchange of key development solutions between countries from the Global South. It encompasses a multi-stakeholder approach. Represents a complement and not a substitute of traditional North-South cooperation.


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