Explanation of Position for the Adoption of the South-South Cooperation for Development Resolution

Jesse Walter
ECOSOC Adviser
New York, New York
November 22, 2021


The United States is pleased to join consensus on the resolution, “South-South Cooperation for Development.”

We support efforts of the United Nations development system entities to facilitate South-South Cooperation in line with principles of effective development, which include a focus on country ownership, results, inclusive partnerships and consultations, transparency and accountability, and full respect for human rights. These principles help ensure that the development efforts of all actors advance the best outcomes for all partners and countries.

With regards to the mainstreaming of South-South Cooperation into UN Development Cooperation Frameworks, the United States recognizes South-South cooperation as one of many means through which the UN can assist program countries in advancing their development priorities and needs towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals at the country level. However, facilitating South-South cooperation should not be a goal in and of itself in the context of the country level Cooperation Frameworks.

Regarding our position with respect to cross-cutting issues, including technology and/or knowledge transfer, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we refer you to our general statement delivered on November 18.

Thank you.