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Helen Clark: Remarks at the launch of “Towards a Global Partnership for Development: The UN and Mexico’s South-South Cooperation”

31 Oct 2014

I am pleased to join you today for the launch of the publication:“Towards a Global Partnership for Development: The UN and Mexico’s South-South Cooperation”. This is a joint UN-Mexico effort, and I sincerely thank AMEXCID and its Executive Director, Juan Manuel Valle for the very good collaboration on it.

The promotion of South-South Co-operation has become a key focus for the UN development system, and most UN development agencies have integrated South-South Co-operation as an important element in their programming. 

At UNDP, South-South Co-operation has been placed at the heart of our new Strategic Plan. We aim to provide a global operational arm for South-South and triangular co-operation through our global, regional, and country programmes. We see our role as being a knowledge broker, a capacity development supporter, and facilitator of partnerships. We are also committed to strengthening UN system-wide co-ordination of South-South Co-operation through the UN Office for South-South Co-operation which is hosted by UNDP.

UNDP has signed broad strategic partnership agreements with seven of the G20’s emerging economies: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey. An important goal of these expanded partnerships is to promote and scale up our joint efforts in promoting South-South Co-operation. 

Mexico has many development experiences to share with other developing countries. This includes social and environmental policies, electoral support, and methodologies to measure poverty.  

The recently modified programmeProspera, previouslyOportunidades, promises to foster greater social and financial inclusion. Many will be following the implementation and outcomes of the programme with great interest. 

Mexico’s strong support to its region and beyond on agriculture, energy, health, and education have been widely recognized, as well as the strategic role which Mexico has long played in regional economic integration and trade.

We also see Mexico taking a prominent role in global development discussions. It successfully hosted the First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in April, and is currently one of its co-chairs. Mexico is active in the post-2015 process, particularly in advocating for an increased focus on social inclusion in the new global development agenda.

UNDP has been privileged to support Mexico’s goal of being positioned as an actor with global responsibility – one of the five pillars of its National Development Plan. We were most appreciative that the President’s 2nd State of the Nation Address delivered in September mentioned our contribution.

This publication,“Towards a Global Partnership for Development: The UN and Mexico’s South-South Cooperation”, is a joint effort, and draws on more than ninety South-South Co-operation initiatives led by the Mexican Government which involve UN agencies. I am sure that the collaboration between Mexico and the UN System on South-South Co-operation will continue to grow.

This publication is also an important reference source on trends in South-South co-operation, and thus a valuable contribution to discussions on how a broader range of development partnerships can contribute to driving the post-2015 agenda. 

The UN agencies here are committed to scaling up their work on South-South Co-operation with Mexico and to supporting this country to share its extensive development experience and knowledge with other developing countries.