Panama - May 8 to 10, 2012
Panama City, April 13, 2012 – The Government of Panama with the support of the United Nations System, coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is organizing the Regional South-South Cooperation Fair, Knowledge from the South: Regional Exchange of Solutions to be held May 8-10, 2012. The Fair is meant to be a space in which Latin American and Caribbean countries will be able to share knowledge regarding social development policies and South-South Cooperation (SSC) mechanisms they have used.
¨In addition to showcasing, sharing and learning from successful South-South Cooperation experiences and solutions in the different countries of the region, this Fair also aims at fostering new agreements between countries which contribute to sustainable development, which also gives it a political dimension¨ stated Maximino Rodriguez, General Director in charge of Special Projects and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama.
With that in mind, the Knowledge from the South is organized around three pillars. First, there will be a series of roundtables for knowledge exchange that will cover the four thematic areas of the Fair: social programs and social protection systems, fiscal policies to promote equity and social investment, participation, inclusion and public policies, and environment and disaster risk reduction. There will also be roundtables to exchange knowledge and to debate about the political, technical and technological mechanisms that catalyze the implementation of SSC processes.
¨Representatives of 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries will present and exchange information about a total of 33 successful SSC experiences. Broken down by thematic area, there will be 13 initiatives regarding social programs, 10 regarding citizen participation, four regarding fiscal policies, and six regarding the environment,¨ explained Freddy Justiniano, Director a.i. UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean.
On the other hand, there will also be satellite events in which experts of different fields will analyze issues such as the challenges that academia faces in systematizing SSC experiences, the management of information systems and the priorities of the SSC agenda.
The third pillar is the physical exhibition of the selected experiences, for which there will be a display zone on the premises of the Fair.
Knowledge from the South will take place in the City of Knowledge (Panama), a renowned campus that brings together bilateral and multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations and organizations of knowledge and possesses the infrastructure and services necessary for an event of this nature. ¨Our Convention Center, where the event will take place, offers a unique environment so that the exchange of experiences and knowledge may take place in ideal conditions. We hope to offer the perfect framework for enriching debate¨, assured Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the City of Knowledge Foundation.
Representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, regional and sub-regional integration mechanisms, Civil Society Organizations and academia will participate in the event which will close with a final declaration outlining the acquired agreements for future cooperation in the region.
Note to the Editors:
|Country||Name /subject of experience||Thematic Area|
Quantification of Public Expenditure directed to Children (GPdN) in Haiti PF III
|2||ARGENTINA||Strengthening the Ecuatorian System of Transplants through the training of health care workers in critical areas, exchange of experiences and mutual cooperation on issues of organ and tissue transplants||Social Programs|
|3||BARBADOS||A Bridge in the Caribbean: A Program of the Inter-American Network for Social Protection (IASPN)||Social Programs|
|4||BARBADOS||Caribbean Youth Entrepreneurship Development Knowledge Sharing and Exchange||Social Programs|
|5||BELIZE||Mesoamerican Fruit Cultivation Project (PROMEFRUT||Citizen Participation|
|6||BRAZIL||Literacy for Development in Sao Tome and Principe||Citizen Participation|
|8||BRAZIL||Contribution to the development of policies and programs to prevent and eliminate the worst forms of child labor in Bolivia||Social Programs|
|9||BOLIVIA||Nutritional support for those living with AIDS /HIV||Social Programs|
|10||CHILE||Support to Reform of Mexican Criminal Justice System||Citizen Participation|
|11||CHILE||Centers for Early Childhood in Haiti||Social Programs|
|12||CHILE||Promoting self-employment for vulnerable rural youth in the Dominican Republic||Fiscal Policy|
|13||CHILE||Ending Malnutrition of children in Paraguay||Social Programs|
|14||COLOMBIA||Opportunity Bank support for the implementation of public policy programs||Fiscal Policy|
|15||COSTA RICA||Professionalism and technical expertise of the Municipal Bureau of Tourism for promoting the implementation of a self-sustainable model of tourism for the city of Jalapa and advice for the construction of a Municipal Tourist Center||Environment|
|16||CUBA||Literacy Program: : "Yo sí puedo"||Citizen Participation|
|17||ECUADOR||International Cooperation for Development Planning||Citizen Participation|
|18||ECUADOR||Forest Conservation Project Partner||Environment|
|19||EL SALVADOR||Creating funds to strengthen the export capacity of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises between the Republic of El Salvador and Guatemala.||Citizen Participation|
|20||EL SALVADOR||Improvement of the Technology and Construction of as well as a Broadcasting System for Earthquake resistant Social Housing -TAISHIN.||Environment|
|21||GUATEMALA||Support Open Space Generation Youth Violence in urban fringe areas of Guatemala.||Social Programs|
|22||HONDURAS||Riecken community libraries, changing lives in Central America||Social Programs|
|23||MEXICO||Specialization Course in Health Management for Older People ".||Citizen Participation|
|24||NICARAGUA||Accountability, participation, and Gender in the National Assembly of Nicaragua||Citizen Participation|
|25||PARAGUAY||Cross border technical cooperation program in aquaculture "Carpa"||Environment|
|26||PARAGUAY||Social Protection System in Pyahu Saso, for a fair and inclusive Paraguay (Paraguay Solidario)||Social Programs|
|27||PANAMA||Inter-American Judicial Facilitators Program||Citizen Participation|
|28||PANAMA||Seed production and cultivation of shellfish in the sea||Environment|
|29||PERU||Red Camelids||Fiscal Policy|
|30||PERU||Capital Project: Opportunities for Financial Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean||Social Programs|
|31||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC||Promotion of Chain Way in the Dominican Republic, with support from the National Center for Agricultural Health CENSA of Cuba||Social Programs|
|32||URUGUAY||Quality Management Program with Gender Equity.||Social Programs|
|33||URUGUAY||Program of services for exchange of Plan Ceibal with other countries for the introduction of the "model1a1" Technology in education.||Citizen Participation|