November 07, 2016

UN Development Programme launches SSMart for Sustainable Development Goals to facilitate development solutions exchange

Dubai— The 2016 Global South-South Development Expo, South-South Cooperation: Enhancing innovation towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development held in Dubai from 31 October to 3 November, showcased successful Southern solutions to the complex challenges facing the South today.

As part of the Corporate Strategy on South-South and Triangular co-operation, United Nations Development Programme introduced SSMART for Sustainable Development Goals —a global marketplace and an end-to-end service that will provide easy and broad access to demands and supply in development solutions to address challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum demonstrated how this platform will meet the needs and demands of governments, development partners, donors and financiers for local solutions with specific examples from other countries including the Saemaul Initiative in the Republic of Korea. At the forum, representatives from Argentina, China, Jordan, Lebanon, Viet Nam and Uganda presented their home-grown community development solutions and elaborated how such a platform can help to scale-up such solutions to better meet demands of communities in developing countries. Read the press release for more information.

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