The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was established in 1974, to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the United Nations system.
In line with the Strategic Framework designed to guide the work of the UNOSSC 2018-2021, the overarching goal of UNOSSC is to support Member States efforts to achieve the eradication of poverty in all its forms and to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment so as to achieve the 2030 Agenda through enhanced South-South cooperation, including triangular cooperation.
At the intergovernmental level, the UNOSSC serves as the Secretariat to the High-level Committee (HLC) on South-South Co-operation, a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, which provides policy directives and guidance and reviews progress on South-South Co-operation globally. The UNOSSC is also responsible for the preparation of reports for various intergovernmental bodies, including the annual report of the Secretary-General on the state of South-South Co-operation, as well as ad hoc reports emanating from intergovernmental decisions.
The BAPA+40 Outcome Document reaffirms the mandate and the central role of the UNOSSC as the focal point for promoting and facilitating South-South and triangular cooperation for development on a global and United Nations system-wide basis. Member States call on the UNOSSC to continue supporting policy dialogues, programmes, and capacity-building, providing support for Member States to build South-South and triangular cooperation partnerships, as well as enabling the sharing of good practices and experiences;
The UNOSSC currently operationalizes its policy directives through several initiatives described below. In addition, the UNOSSC also manages the UN Fund for South-South Cooperation, the India UN Sustainable Development Fund, the India-Brazil South Africa (IBSA) Fund, and the Pérez-Guerrero Trust Fund for Economic and Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.
With the important played by South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Director must possess leadership, experience and management qualities to support system-wide co-ordination and action, in line with the policy guidance emanating from the High Level Committee. The Director will be responsible for positioning the UNOSSC, within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and enable the Office to collect, analyze and provide access to data on the “who, what and where” of South-South and Triangular Co-operation. This will also entail enhanced focus on outreach, dialogue, and consensus-building across a wide range of stakeholders while continuing to build on its existing major platforms designed for this purpose.