South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange

SS-GATE Supports the 2014 GSSD Expo in Washington D.C.

August 12, 2015

21 November 2014—The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) mobilized a delegation of 72 private sector entities to the 2014 Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in Washington D.C. through its flagship project the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE).

As a result of SS-GATE facilitation, 1 MOU was signed on site between a government ministerial delegation from the Gambia and a Chinese enterprise, Henan Qingshuiyuan Technology in the area of industrial waste water treatment, domestic sewage treatment, and cooling water treatment. SS-GATE will conduct follow-up operations to ensure that the parties that were matched during the Expo are provided the services needed to finalize their deals, thereby scaling-up their operations. 

The facilitation of business negotiations was a central feature of the SS-GATE matchmaking space, which was offered by the GSSD Expo to its participants throughout the duration of the conference (17-21 November 2014). Leveraging the services of the SS-GATE system, the GSSD Expo looks to not only showcase solutions but to scale-up and replicate technology-based solutions through the matching of needs and offers as it relates to finance, partnerships and technologies that are based primarily in the Global South.

In addition to the SS-GATE Matchmaking Space, UNOSSC organized a series of sessions and events designed to support the scaling-up and/or replication of Southern solutions and innovations.

On 17 November 2014, the SS-GATE project management team organized an orientation session, which provided an introduction to the SS-GATE platform, successful case studies, and delivered a primer on how conference participants could utilize the SS-GATE Matchmaking Space during the GSSD Expo. 

On 18 November 2014, SS-GATE project management team members provided substantive inputs for the scaling up session convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “Accelerating Green Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development”. UNOSSC and WIPO Green reached an agreement to collaborate on WIPO’s waste water project in the Philippines and Vietnam where SS-GATE will provide matchmaking services to mobilize resources and fulfill technology needs in order to prepare a successful case for the regional development Expo in Malaysia 2015. 

On 19 November 2014, SS-GATE’s South-South Global Health Exchange (SS-GHX) team coordinated a Scaling-Up Session on Global Health alongside co-chair organizations: Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO); South American Institute of Government in Health (ISAGS/UNASUR); and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As part of this session, four projects were presented with concrete plans for scaling-up in the next 5 years: 1) PAHO: Strengthening Regulatory Capacity for Medicines and Health Technologies in the Americas; 2) ISAGS: Strengthening Child Health in South America; 3) The Global Fund: Eliminating Malaria in Mesoamerica and Espanola; and 4) JICA: Strengthening Health Systems through Human Resource Development in Angola in cooperation with Brazil and Japan. Other participating multistakeholder organizations include the African Development Bank, FK-Norway, UNAIDS and the United Nations Foundation.

On 21 November 2014, SS-GATE project team members convened the New Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: Ministers/UN Focal Points/Municipal Leaders/CEOs/Investors Roundtable. The roundtable brought together a diverse set of leaders from the public sector, UN system, civil society, and private sector to highlight the need for new global partnerships to achieve the MDGs by 2015 and to meet the targets set forth by the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The roundtable was chaired by Mr. Yiping Zhou, Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director of UNOSSC and was attended by H.E. Anissi Chamsidine, Governor of the Autonomous Island of Ndzuwani, Anjouan, Union of the Comoros and Mr. Julio Andrade Ruiz, Deputy Mayor of the City of Málaga.