South-South Cooperation

Vision and Mission of the Multi-Year Plan of Action on South-South Cooperation


By 2020, effective South-South and triangular cooperation will be used in the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, as a complement to dominant North-South cooperation and in support of the Convention’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and the Millennium Development Goals, in order to enhance human well-being, promote development and eradicate poverty.


Under this overarching vision, the mission of the plan of action calls for:

  1. Close coordination with the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity for the period 2011-2020, including the 2020 strategic goals and targets, in the context of the long-term vision for 2050. The duration of the South-South cooperation Plan will thus coincide with the Strategic Plan of the Convention;
  2. Support and engagement from G-77 members at national and regional levels, also in the mainstreaming of biodiversity concerns into regional integration processes, regional and subregional cooperation agreements, development programmes, and interregional South-South programmes;
  3. Close cooperation with forums such as the Group of 15, the Group of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries (LMMC) and the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum in order to foster cooperation and enhance the solidarity and the interdependence of developing countries;
  4. A multi-stakeholder approach including academic institutions, the private sector, development partners, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and local community and indigenous peoples organizations.