By Mwangi Chege and Benard Muinde.
Nairobi, 6 June 2012 – The UNEP South-South Exchange Mechanism was introduced to the Nairobi Chapter of the Group of 77 and China at the UN Environment Programme Headquarters following a successful launch in New York during the 17th session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation in New York on 23 May 2012.
During the meeting ,the Director of Division of Regional Cooperation in UNEP, Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto, briefed the group on the good reception given to the SSC Exchange Mechanism in New York. Ms. Tomoko then guided the delegates through the Exchange Mechanism pointing out several interactive tools and features which have been designed to make information sharing more effective.
“The most exciting section is the case base which presents successful examples of South-South Cooperation on environmental issues,” said the Director.
The mechanism currently has about 30 case studies/stories and more continue to be added by partners and the members of the SSC team. Ms. Nishimoto appealed to the Group of 77 and China to contribute to the Exchange Mechanism and use its features to strengthen South-South Cooperation.
South African Ambassador, Mr. Ndumiso N. Ntshinga, who was chairing the meeting, said that the mechanism would be a useful addition to enhance South-South Cooperation and pointed out that the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) forum could provide useful additions to the case base.
In closing, Ms. Nishimoto mentioned that UNEP would consider hosting the 2013 Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in Nairobi, Kenya, a suggestion that won the support of the permanent representatives from Tanzania and Uganda.
The UNEP South-South Cooperation Exchange mechanism is an online portal that aims to improve access to information, best practices, methodologies, advisory services and training opportunities that can enable communities to better manage their environment.