Module 1 - How-to Guide on SSTC for achieving the SDGs

a. Introductory Text
The importance of the Global South in the development processes is evident. New actors are shaping the development agenda, and increasingly innovative responses to global challenges are coming from emerging countries, which are forging strategic partnerships with other southern countries. As such, there is a significant need for practical clarifications regarding the definition of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC), its main principles, the differences between South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, the process that should be followed to implement projects in a South-South and triangular framework, and the actors involved. In addition, SSTC is also explicitly mentioned in targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 (strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) as a significant tool for implementing the 2030 Agenda.
The main Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) related to job creation and decent work is the goal 8: to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. This global goal –reinforced by specific targets on the provision of social protection, eradication of forced and child labour, increasing productivity, youth employment, SMEs and skills development– is an indispensable response to the economic and social needs of people and governments everywhere. But job creation and decent work is not just a goal, it is also a major driver of sustainable development. As such, ILO’s work and mission will be crucial to advance the entire 2030 Agenda.
It is very important to expand the understanding of South-South and Triangular Cooperation at the global level by targeting and informing the actors who can make it possible. This is also a critical step towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
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d. Suggestive Questions
Think about the questions presented below. They were elaborated to encourage participants to express their views, concerns and needs. Write your answers to the questions in the discussion forum located in the bottom of the page.
1) How do you think the South-South and Triangular Cooperation could facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?
2) In your view, what are the main challenges concerning the horizontal, solidary and non-conditional cooperation among countries from the Global South? In your opinion, what could be done to overcome these challenges?

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