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Within the United Nations' family of organisations, numerous partners and networks are actively promoting South-South Cooperation (SSC). As evidenced by the diverse list below, SSC initiatives span sectors and programmes of work, including development, agriculture, food security, health, business, trade, security, and other fields of practice.

Please visit the links below to learn more about SSC initiatives throughout the United Nations system. Additionally, the searchable Case Database within this Exchange Mechanism contains several case studies highlighting the work of some of the agencies below in the environmental SSC realm.

Also, for more information on UN partners in SSC, please visit the site of the annual Global South-South Development Expo at which many of the following UN agencies are participants and/or presenters. Additionally, in the list below, we have provided links to dedicated South-South cooperation sites of several partner organisations within the UN system.

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UN Women

World Health Organization (WHO)