South-South and Triangular Cooperation > United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)

South-South Cooperation is an important part of the work of UNECLAC.

The convening role of UNECLAC in promoting cooperation among the countries is widely recognized in the region and reflected in the mandates of its subsidiary bodies, the technical-secretariat role it plays for a number of intergovernmental forums and the ad-hoc high-level meetings it convenes.

Another area where South-South cooperation is promoted is the Commission’s approach to conducting research for comparative analysis of the countries and drawing attention to good practices to be transferred subsequently to other countries through the medium of technical assistance. UNECLAC provides advice and guidance to its member States to strengthen South-South cooperation by organizing forums for intergovernmental discussion. Notable in 2010-2011 was the support provided for the preparation of the Rio+20 Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 20 to 22 June 2012.

Activities of the UNECLAC system to promote and support South-South cooperation  during the 2010-2011 biennium

LC/G.2531(SES.34/10), 6 August 2012

Political and regulatory dialogue of the @LIS programme Alliance for the Information Society: UNECLAC – European Union

As part of its support of development processes in Latin American and Caribbean countries, UNECLAC promotes the adoption of new technologies and the increasing use of information technology at the regional and subregional level. With the financial assistance of the European Union, UNECLAC is therefore implementing the political and regulatory dialogue of the Alliance for the Information Society (@LIS).

Through this programme, UNECLAC has succeeded in strengthening South-South cooperation in the area of the information society. The programme has been the driving force behind transparent and participatory interactions between government representatives in the region, based on the creation of networks for dialogue and the exchange of experiences among key stakeholders in developing the information society. The most significant results of this cooperation were the adoption of the Rio de Janeiro Commitment and the Plan of Action for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (eLac 2007), The eLac 2007 Plan is based on dialogue and cooperation among all Latin American and Caribbean countries with a view to adopting a common political agenda in this area.

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The main aims of the project are to facilitate the elaboration of regional, subregional and national strategies addressing the development of the Information Society for social cohesion in Latin America and encourage dialogue between the European Union and Latin America for the purposes of access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development. Through this project, UNECLAC intends to: (i) boost public policies to promote development-based information societies in Latin America and the Caribbean; (ii) stimulate cooperation between the region’s countries and among regions to facilitate their integration into a global information society and create a long-term association; and (iii) facilitate regional and subregional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean by harmonizing policies on the use of information and communication technologies for development and through the use of common comparative mechanisms for coordination, cooperation, assessment and analysis.

Strengthening competition in the Central American isthmus: national policies and institutions, regional coordination and participation in international negotiations - Project sponsored by UNECLAC and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada

The UNECLAC Subregional Headquarters in Mexico is carrying out this project with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The project is divided into three modules: general competition conditions; competition conditions in the banking and securities sector; and competition in the telecommunications sector.

The idea is to identify best practices in the subregion and in other countries of Latin America that have extensive experience in this area. Studies have been completed on six countries in the three modules mentioned, and three comparative documents have been produced; in addition, three workshops have been conducted in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras. This project provided an opportunity for South-South collaboration, whereby competition authorities and banking and telecommunication regulators from at least eight Latin American countries were able to exchange experiences.