India will do its greatest to advertise South-South cooperation: UN envoy Ruchira Kamboj

Ruchira Kamboj

India will proceed to do its greatest in furthering South-South cooperation which has grow to be much more essential at a time when growing nations have been largely left to fend for themselves throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s envoy to the UN Ruchira Kamboj has mentioned.

South-South cooperation is a broad framework of collaboration amongst nations of the South within the political, financial, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains.

Triangular cooperation is collaboration by which conventional donor nations and multilateral organisations facilitate South-South initiatives by way of the availability of funding, coaching, administration and technological methods in addition to different types of assist.

South-South and triangular cooperation is likely one of the essential drivers of regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific and has resulted in elevated volumes of South-South commerce, international direct funding flows and expertise switch.

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“South-South and triangular cooperation, we feel very strongly here in India, is the right thing to do multilaterally, working for development is the right thing to do. And this is the small contribution that India with its commitment to multilateralism, and South-South cooperation is venturing to support at the United Nations,” Ambassador Kamboj mentioned on Tuesday.

She was talking at a joint aspect occasion hosted by UN Political and Peacebuilding (UN DPPA) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Peace and Development on the ‘Global South-South Development Expo’. The occasion showcased concrete South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives within the realm of peace and improvement applied by the Global South, with the assist of UN DPPA and UNDP.

The occasion aimed to discover measures to galvanise strategic, coordinated and coherent coverage and programmatic assist for South-South and triangular cooperation to extend the impression of all UN actions at nationwide, regional and international ranges.

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Kamboj mentioned the COVID pandemic examined the resilience of multilateral establishments and the worldwide South has been largely fending for itself. “Realizing that the global South has been mostly left to fend for itself during the pandemic, South-South cooperation has become even more crucial. India is and will continue to do its best in furthering this,” she mentioned.

Kamboj highlighted that India has taken the lead within the institution of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure that attempt to develop and deploy cost-effective and transformational options.

Noting that at a time when funds for attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are getting squeezed or reprioritised to extra rapid necessities as a result of pandemic, Kamboj mentioned: “we need to ensure that funds are utilized to the optimum to achieve the SDGs.”

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“When we seek to build back better from the pandemic, it is crucial that not only should the global South continue to exhibit strong solidarity and share resources, but it is equally important for developed countries to come forward in the same spirit and make sure that we do not slacken our capacity to achieve the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda,” she mentioned including that “India walks the talk here.”

On COVID-19 vaccines, Kamboj famous that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name for a ‘One Earth One Health’ approach “underlines our continuing commitment to the global South”, already evident within the provide of greater than 240 million vaccine doses to over 100 nations.

“The motto of the Government of India – together for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust and effort – resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind,” she mentioned.

On peacekeeping, Kamboj mentioned India has a really sturdy footprint and “our strong advocacy of introducing new and advanced technology in peacekeeping missions to overcome security and mandate implementation challenges, particularly needs a mention.”

In 2021, underneath India’s presidency of the Security Council, and at a value of USD 1.6 million, India supported the rolling out of the UNITE Aware platform, geared toward enhancing the protection and safety of peacekeepers.

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Kamboj underscored the significance of the India UN Development Partnership Fund, a “very unique initiative” helmed by India within the context of South-South cooperation.

Launched in 2017 with a worth of USD 150 million, it helps South-owned and South-led sustainable improvement initiatives specializing in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), LLDCS (Landlocked Developing Countries) and SIDS (Small Island Developing States).

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As a part of the COVID response, the India-UN fund has commissioned initiatives in 15 nations starting from Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda within the Caribbean to Palau, the Bahamas, to Bolivia and nations like Mali, spanning a broad spectrum of sectors and points starting from well being, training, ingesting water provide, COVID vaccinations, constructing catastrophe resilient infrastructure, empowering ladies, elevated capability constructing, and creating facilities of innovation.

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