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GSSD Expo 2012 - Highlights

The fifth annual Global South-South Development Expo took place in Vienna, Austria from 19-23 November 2012, with more than 600 delegates from 150 countries convening to exchange and scale-up innovative solutions to crosscutting energy insecurity climate change challenges. The conference, hosted by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and organized in conjunction with more than 20 U.N. agencies and partners, provided the platform to spotlight, showcase and promote best practices that have been developed by developing countries themselves or with the support of the donor community and UN system.

The theme of the GSSD Expo 2012 was ‘Investing in Energy and Climate Change: Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Development’ as a concrete response to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

“This Expo highlights successful development solutions as well as the efforts of the UN system to generate momentum toward sustainable development,” stressed the Secretary -General in his statement.

“The Global South is now poised to be a major force in global economic expansion,” said John Ashe, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and President of the UN General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation. “By 2030 the global economy is projected to grow five-fold with two-thirds of it expected to be in the South,” he added.

Rebecca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme said we can have inclusive growth while at the same time caring for the environment. “Many solutions and strategies originate from countries of the South, which are using innovative approaches to tackling climate change, while at the same time expanding economic opportunity.”


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  • Vietnamese technical assistance for aquaculture development In Namibia
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  • Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture - over three decades of service to the business community of OIC countries
  • fk norway - Financial support to exchange of professionals
  • SEED Initiative - supporting entreprenneurs for sustainable development
  • Dairy Sector Development in Afghanistan
  • Dairy Sector Development in Afghanistan
  • Smallholder horticulture and triangular cooperation in Ethiopia
  • FAO's South-South Cooperation Programme
  • Promoting Sustainable
    Development and Decent Work
    through South-South Cooperation
  • Rice - Fish culture: an exchange between China and Nigeria
  • Slovak Development Cooperation Transferring experience, sharing success
  • We Walk Together - Press Picture Exhibition of South-South Cooperation
  • Clean Tech for Improved Energy Efficiency in Brick Kilns in Cambodia
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  • Clean Tech for Improved Energy Efficiency in Rice Mills in Cambodia
  • UNECE - Country Profiles on the Housing Sector and Land Management
  • Programa de Apoyo a la
    Conservación Ambiental
  • Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA)


Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency

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Media Advisories and Releases

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Web Links

  • Global South-South Development Forum 2012


With the GSSD Expo 2012 overarching theme being “Energy and Climate Change”, the organizers have taken a number of steps to reduce the ecological footprint of this event.

The UN Office for South-South Cooperation made an important contribution to this effort by leveraging its flagship project, the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) to complement offset the carbon footprint of UN staff participation in the GSSD Expo 2012.

In addition the GSSD Expo has been certified with the Austrian Eco-label, a quality certification mark for conference/event-organizing enterprises that sets environmental standards, while also taking into account criteria from other pillars of sustainability (social and economic) to inform the public about the environmental impacts of products and services and in the process encouraging them to take responsibility in all fields of sustainability.

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