UNEP To Host Major South-South Development Expo In Nairobi


This month high-level delegates from across the globe will gather at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, to spotlight, showcase and scale up innovative local solutions to global problems at the 2013 Global South-South Development Expo. 

South-South cooperation has already given birth to many inspiring initiatives. For example, under the en.lighten initiative over 40 countries from the developing world are following a global strategy on the phase-out of inefficient lighting, leading to a significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.


 Then Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia have committed to conserving and sustainably managing the Heart of Borneo— 220,000km2 of tropical forest on the island of Borneo and one of Asia’s last great rainforests—which is home to the threatened orangutan, pygmy elephant, clouded leopard, and the critically endangered Sumatran rhino.

The Expo—hosted by UNEP in close coordination with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation from 28 October to 1 November—aims to harness such Southern-grown development solutions, which address both existing and emerging development challenges head-on.