DPRK Calls for Boosting South-South Cooperation
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, November 15 (KCNA) -- It is the consistent stand of the DPRK government to boost the south-south cooperation. Its government will as ever creditably fulfil its responsibility and duty in this respect. A DPRK delegate clarified this during the discussion on "south-south cooperation, economic and technological cooperation among developing countries," an agenda item of the meeting of the second committee of the 60th UN General Assembly held on Nov. 9. He reiterated support to the resolutions adopted at the 14th meeting of the UN High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation which laid down a new strategic orientation and framework for accelerating south-south cooperation.
It is important among other things to strengthen the role of the special unit of the UNDP for south-south cooperation as a leading body for south-south cooperation under the UN system at present, he said, and went on:
The UN strategy for south-south cooperation and its coordinating system should be strengthened for the purpose of supporting the efforts to increase the capability of the developing countries for national development and inject fresh energy into the south-south and tri-angular cooperation. The special unit of the UNDP for south-south cooperation should initiate new projects and programs for bilateral and multilateral cooperation, taking into consideration the priorities of the developing countries for attaining sustainable development and the millennium development goals and promote their implementation.
Meanwhile, it is necessary to pay due attention to increasing international aid including regular and additional provision of funds for the successful implementation of the south-south cooperation initiatives in the spirit of the Monterrey consensus on financing for development.
He referred to the fact that the DPRK government has successfully implemented a lot of cooperation projects including the training of specialists in various fields such as agriculture, science and technology, water resources and minor hydro power stations for developing countries in Asia and Africa in close cooperation with the Trust Fund of Group-77 and the special unit of the UNDP for south-south cooperation.
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