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Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation: September 18-20, 2018

From the perspective of UNFPA, South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SS&TC) is a vital plank in multilateralism, bringing governments of developing countries together to exchange information and best practices on issues under our mandate, with a view to strengthening countries’ capacities in achieving a range of outcomes enshrined under the Transformational Results spelt out in our current Strategic Plan 2018-2021 – zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning and zero gender-based violence and other harmful practices against women and girls – as well as on emerging issues such as population ageing.

The Bali 2018 Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation brings together a range of governments - including several from Asia-Pacific -- with UNFPA regional and country offices to review progress on these fronts, identify gaps and challenges, and create new opportunities for this work – to complement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action that continues to guide UNFPA’s core work with sexual and reproductive health at the centre.

This is all the more significant ahead of the November 2018 Asia Pacific Population Conference (APPC) where progress on the ICPD Programme on Action will be reported and governments will reiterate their commitment to this platform, leading into the 2019 global review of ICPD@25, converging as it does with UNFPA’s 50th anniversary as well.


The Inter-Ministerial Conference is being webcast live.  Check out the topics that could help you and your office in using South-South Cooperation (SSC) in programming.

Dates and times are converted/indicated in New York time and Bali time (NY+12).  They are webcast from Indonesia, so the timing is convenient for online viewers in Asia, Africa and Europe.

The access link to all sessions is this:  Click here to access webcast.

Select sessions/presentations:

1. Keynote Message from UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem
To be delivered by Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA APRO Director
Tuesday, 18 September: 09:30 Bali time (10 minutes)

2. SSC on Low Fertility and Ageing
Tuesday, 18 September: 11:00 Bali time (2 hours)

Covers the experience of China, South Korea and Moldova

3.  SSC on Youth, including Demographic Dividend, and Youth, Peace and Security
Tuesday, 18 September, 14:15 Bali time (2 hours)

Moderated by Mabingue Ngom, WCARO Director
Covers the experience of Indonesia, Senegal, UAE, and Egypt

4.  SSC on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights and Family Planning

Wednesday, 19 September, 09:00 Bali time (2 hours)
Covers the experience of Indonesia, the Philippines, Tunisia and Uganda

5.  SSC on Humanitarian Programming
Wednesday, 19 September, 13:30 Bali time (2 hours)

Moderated by Ramiz Alakbarov, PD Director
Thematic expert: Henia Dakkak, OIC, PD/HFCB
Panelist: Iori Kato, UNFPA Representative

6.  SSC on Population Data
Thursday, 20 September, 09:30 Bali time (2 hours)

Covers the experience of Peru, Brazil and the rest of Latin America, plus Indonesia, Myanmar and Senegal

7.  Impact Assessment of SSC on Population and Family Planning
Thursday, 20 September, 13:00 Bali time (2 hours)

Covers the experience of India and Brazil
Panelist: Marco Segone, Director, Evaluation Office

8.  Accelerating SSC:  Conference wrap-up
Thursday, 20 September, 15:15 Bali time (45 minutes)

Panelist: Lin Yanming, Chief, PD/Inter-Country Cooperation Office
on accelerating SSC as a programming mode of engagement

9.  Closing Remarks
Thursday, 20 September, 16:30 Bali time (30 minutes)

Remarks by Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA APRO Director
and speakers from BKKBN and PPD

This conference is hosted by the Government of Indonesia, through its National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN) that also provided this webcast.  It is with the collaboration of UNFPA (Indonesia CO, APRO and PD/Inter-Country Cooperation Office (PD/ICCO), and the Partners in Population and Development (PPD).