• Lead-organizer: ACP Secretariat
  • 17:00 - 18:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-2

South-South & Triangular cooperation: innovative solutions to achieve SDG

Organizing partners

- Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat)
- Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)


Sustainable Development should represent an opportunity and not a constraint for developing countries. The RIO+20 Summit will consider the definition of Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the Millennium Development Goals. Amongst those goals, the universal access to sustainable energy is a key issue that requires large technology transfer. The South-South and Triangular Cooperation appears as a new dynamic bringing together countries with a view to engaging in collaborative models to share innovative, adaptable and cost-efficient solutions to address their development challenges. Drawing upon relevant evidence, this side-event will focus on essential policy tools, modalities and mechanisms by which to improve the technology transfer and ownership necessary to facilitate the universal access to energy and hence contributing to the development of Southern countries.

Detailed programme

Title of the Side Event: "South-South and Triangular cooperation: innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals" (in French: "Coopération Sud-Sud et Triangulaire: solutions innovantes pour l?atteinte des Objectifs de Développement Durable")
Subtitle: "Technology solidarity for an universal access to energy" (in French: "Solidarité technologique pour l'accès universel à l'énergie")

Technology and innovation policies are playing an increasingly important role in promoting and facilitating the development, acquisition, adaptation and deployment of renewable energy technology (RET) to support sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. Thus, technology transfer and innovation, scaled up by the horizontal partnerships within South-South Cooperation mechanisms and Triangular linkages, are key factors for sustainable economic development.
As a multi-stakeholder approach, South-South cooperation involves civil society, the private sector, governments, academia, etc.; it has become the expression of relations between countries from the South, committed to sharing knowledge and developing complementarities that go beyond their traditional role as aid recipients. As acknowledged recently by the G-20, this aid modality, while complementary with North-South relations, bears a potential to contribute to enhanced development effectiveness.
The ACP Group, composed of 80 developing countries, among which 40 LDC, and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, composed of 75 countries, among which members of the G-8, G-20 and G-77 and about 30 LDC, are strongly committed to exploit the potential of South-South and Triangular cooperation, as an innovative modality of development. Both organizations are members of the Building Block on South-South and Triangular, established during HLF-4 in Busan and have already hosted numerous international events on this topic.

Objectives of the side event:
? Stimulate comments and queries that highlight the significant impact and value addition of South?South and Triangular Cooperation in technology transfer aiming at expanding the use of renewable energies and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals as they affect the livelihoods of the great majority in developing societies;

? Outline highest impact policy tools, mechanisms and modalities by which to improve technology transfer and innovation ownership in the context of policy scenarios presented by the panel in the field of universal access to sustainable energy;

? Draw upon relevant experiences from emerging and partner countries, to illustrate processes that achieved successful and measurable outcomes in the field of energy by the use of technology transfer;

? Address the challenges facing the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, as well as the technology know-how build-up and the role of governments, private sector and international/regional organizations in technology transfer and sharing;

? Provide inputs to translate the potential of South-South and Triangular co-operation in sustainable energy innovation into tangible measures to achieve results-based, equitable and sustainable development;

The event will be conducted in an interactive manner, combining inputs from the speakers; testimonials from emerging and developing countries, as well as comments from the audience.
Recommendations will be made on how to strengthen national, regional and continental policy cohesion to boost investment and sustainable use of renewable energy technologies, on the creation of innovation and competence centers, on capacity building in renewable energy technologies, on pilot projects for the transfer of renewable energy technologies, and on the integration of renewable energy technology into national innovation systems, plans, and investment priorities.
These recommendations, which will be addressed during a public debate, will make a substantial contribution to the outcomes of UNCSD/Rio+20 by scaling up the contribution of green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction and by addressing the challenges of institutional frameworks for sustainable development.

Thematic focus: South-South and Triangular co-operation, technology transfer, sustainable energy, green economy, institutional framework for technology transfer and access to sustainable energy, capacity building activities to enable institutions and governments to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

H.E. Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
H.E. Mr. Clément Duhaime, Administrator of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Mr. Aloizio Mercadante, Minister of science and technology, Brazil
Mr. Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, China
Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Mr. Antonio Tujan, Co-Chair, BetterAid.
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