Annual Global South-South Cooperation Award for Partnership Awarded to Bhutan, Benin and Costs Rica.

The Programme for South-South Cooperation between Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica received two awards at the Third Annual Global South-South Development Expo 2010 held in Geneva from Nov 22-26, 2010.. The first award was received under the Solution segment which recognized several innovative projects undertaken under the Programme. The second Award: one of the three Annual Awards was given for excellence in Partnership between the three countries in implementing the South-South Programme. The Award was given away by H.E. Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, President of the UN General Assembly High-level Committeee on South-South Cooperation, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations. The three countries wish to express their gratitude to the generous support that they received from the Government of the Netherlands. The PSC between the three countries was one of first of its kind that actually saw genuine partnership between three countries across three different continents working for the cause of its people.

The 2010 Global SSC Award for Partnership will further encourage the three countries and also set examples for the others developing countries to work together exchanging ideas and solutions to overcome the common development challenges that we face. Bhutan was represented at the expo by the officials from the Sustainable Development Secretariat, GNHC.

The South -South Cooperation between Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica:

The Program for South-South Cooperation (PSC) on Sustainable Development between Benin, Bhutan & Costa Rica is an outcome of the Strategic Partnership for Cooperation on Sustainable Development signed by the three countries at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002. This was the direct result of the experiences generated from the SDAs and the collaboration of the partner countries within this framework. Please refer Annex II for details on the PSC.

The Netherlands government committed USD 13.2 million for the PSC. The National Mechanism (NM) of Costa Rica, Fundecooperacion, functions as the PSC Secretariat and administrator of the PSC Fund. The global time frame for the implementation of the PSC strategy is three years (2007 – 2010).

27 projects with a total commitment of US$ 10,362,288.48 have been approved by the PSC Management Board which are under implementation in the three partner countries. Presently, there are 17 projects with a total commitment of US$ 3,279,477.75 which have elements in Bhutan out of which 4 are pilot projects, 3 are trilateral & 10 are bilateral projects.

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