November 26, 2012
The fifth Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) 2012 opened in Vienna, Austria on November 19 for five days. The events at this Expo included: the United Nations South-South Stakeholders and High-level Development Cooperation Directors-General Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (November 22), which was co-organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as the host organization; six thematic Solution Forums on South-South and triangular cooperation; mini-forums led by non-government organizations (NGOs) and other bodies; and an Exhibition for international organizations and NGOs in the space next to the main venue.
This Expo gathered a number of leading personalities, who have actively engaged in South-South and triangular cooperation agenda including: Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO; Mr. Wycliffe Oparanya, the Kenyan Minister for Planning Development; Ms. Alison Chartres, Vice-President of the UN General Assembly’s High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation; and Mr. Jon Lomøy, Director of the Development Cooperation Directorate at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In addition to those figures, a total of more than 1,000 delegates gathered from United Nations (UN) agencies, international organizations, governments of both developed and developing countries, NGOs, private-sectors and others. Throughout the event, they held a lively consultation and an active exchange of ideas toward more effective South-South and triangular cooperation.
Kato JICA Senior Special Advisor (Center）
| Honda Research Associate|
At Solution Forum 4 that focuses on agriculture and food security, JICA’s another triangular initiative on sustainable agricultural production system received the Solution Award. The Dominican Republic and Japan with JICA has jointly helped enhance the capacity of Haitian agricultural extension and rural development workers to promote sustainable agriculture in Haiti. Makoto Asai from the Operations Strategy Department of JICA headquarters introduced this case as part of the panel among award recipients. These two awarded projects have been taken up in the ongoing JICA-RI research project “Revisiting the Capacity Development Approach through Comparative Case Analysis” as cases of capacity development assistance through South-South and triangular cooperation.
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a South-South Cooperation Award
At GSSD Expo 2012, through the active engagement in the preparation as well as holding of the event with substantive knowledge contributions, Japan, JICA and JICA-RI was able to present itself again as one of the leading partners in South-South and triangular cooperation. Many international conferences on this theme are scheduled ahead, which JICA-RI will actively contribute to by sharing more outputs from the ongoing research activities on this critical theme in global development agenda.
*Dr. Wimal Karandagoda, who gave a presentation at the Expo, first suggested the approach applying 5S and kaizen to scale up hospital services when he was the director of a hospital in Colombo. JICA then systemized this method to be easily introduced in Africa.
|Day||November 19, 2012(Mon) - November 23, 2012(Fri)|
|Related Link||UN OFFICE for South-South Cooperation|