Geographic Focus: Global
Thematic focus areas supported by the mechanism:
MDG 8 on Global Partnerships for Development; Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the largest Southern providers of ODA, providing over $23-bill/yr overall ODA for humanitarian and development objectives. This includes important support to UN efforts around the world. As a result strong levels of interaction exists between various UN agencies and local partners within the Kingdom, but with a need for greater coordination among UN agencies, enhanced knowledge sharing on UN facilitated south-south cooperation initiatives with the Kingdom, and efforts to improve common UN positioning, reporting and advocacy. As a result, a new UN Theme Group on South-South Cooperation has emerged with membership of UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, FAO and WHO. It focuses on analysing for the past and future role of Saudi Arabia as a global partner in development, convening roundtables with partners to discuss emerging challenges, needs and scope for greater UN facilitation roles, and raising visibility of the role of the Kingdom as a global partner, including for UN initiatives.
Steps/Stages in the practical application of the mechanism:
The mechanism arose from the lead role of UNDP in designing a specific Outcome on South-South Cooperation in the new UN Common Country Strategic Framework for Saudi Arabia (CCSF; 2012- 16) and convening a core group of UN agencies within the UN Country Team engaged in managing Saudi contributions to UN agency initiatives globally, such as UNICEF, UNHCR, FAO and WHO. Through rounds of discussions among UNCT members, agreement was reached that more coordinated efforts would be of common value and of potential benefit to Saudi partners as well to have a common voice and common channel for communication. The UNTG launch has been led by engagement of a South-South Cooperation Advisor to kick start initial activities including production in 2013 of a UNCT report on "Saudi Arabia and the UN: A Global Partnership for Development" to have common understanding among UNCT members and between UNCT and Saudi partners on the full extent of the Kingdom`s large scale ODA programme and cases of support to UN initiatives.
Results to Date:
A draft of the new UNCT report on "Saudi Arabia and the UN: A Global Partnership for Development" has been produced and a SSC Roundtable is planned for 2013 to discuss the report with key Saudi partners and chart the course for future SSC.
Most Recent Annual Budget (USD): 25,000
Total Budget (USD): 50,000
Focal Point and Contact:
Ibrahim El Ziq
UNICEF Gulf Area Office Representative Chair, UN Theme Group on South-South Cooperation, Saudi Arabia
UN Premises, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh 11614, Saudi Arabia