Every year 12th September is observed as International Day for South South
Cooperation . South collectively refers to developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The day is observed to raise people's awareness about the various efforts made by the United Nations to further South South Cooperation.
According to the United Nations “South-South cooperation refers to the technical cooperation among developing countries.It is a tool used by the states, international organizations, academics, civil society and the private sector to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and successful initiatives in specific areas such as agricultural development, human rights, urbanization, health, climate change etc.”
The United Nations has set up the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to provide advisory and consulting services to all stakeholders on South-South cooperation.
It enables developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness opportunities to address them.
On 12 September in 1978 the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.
To mark the historic adoption of Buenos Aires' declaration the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 12 September as the International Day for South South Cooperation.
The first International Day for South South Cooperation was observed in 2011.
The Theme of the Day for South South Cooperation for 2023 is : Solidarity, Equity and Partnership: Unlocking South-South Cooperation to Achieve the SDGs.