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Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD) 2013

28 October - 1 November 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

UN Undersecretary General and UNEP Excecutive Director, Achim SteinerSome of the most extraordinary answers and solutions to environmental sustainability and sustainable development in the 21st century are today emerging from the South. The Expo is an opportunity to showcase these catalytic and forward-looking projects, transformations and ideas that can underpin a transition towards an inclusive Green Economy for over seven billion people. 

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme


For the first time since its inception, this year’s annual Global South-South Development Expo will be held in the South.

The Expo will bring together high-level policymakers, solution providers, solution seekers and solution supporters at UNEP's Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 October-1 November. It will showcase and exchange scalable, replicable and innovative South-South development solutions that have significant development impact on-the-ground.

Under the overarching theme, Building Inclusive Green Economies: South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, the GSSD Expo 2013 will be an occasion to demonstrate the global collective response to relevant provisions of the Rio+20 Outcome and its capacity to facilitate South-South Cooperation and an exchange of experiences on green economies.

The five-day event includes a Leadership Round Table which will be an interactive dialogue on critical themes of development and a series of “Solution Exchange Forums” covering building inclusive green economies, clean technology and green industry, agriculture and food security, sustainable development and decent work, ICT, environment, women and health, sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Throughout the Expo, a paviliion will host an exhibition space for a marketplace of solutions that will bring together the providers, seekers and supporters.

For more information about the Global South-South Development Expo: http://ssc.undp.org/content/ssc/services/expo/2013.html