Professor João Bosco Monte, President of the Brazil Africa Institute, delivered the keynote statement in the celebration of the United Nations South-South Cooperation Day promoted by the three Rome-based agencies – Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
Professor Monte talked towards the role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in meeting the objectives of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. He reminded all that climate change needs to be on the agenda but it needs real actions to achieve results.
Following the opening statement, Professor Monte also joined a panel discussion on SSTC and Climate Change with representatives from developing countries, government and farmers organizations. The second panel of the event gathered together representatives of the Rome-based agencies to discuss their contributions to the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA).
After the sessions Professor Monte had a meeting with the Deputy Director-General, Dr. Maria Helena Semedo, on how Brazil Africa Institute and FAO can strength cooperation in working towards achieving Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN General Assembly established the South-South Cooperation Day in 2003 and it is celebrated on September 12th since 2011.