North-South Forum, 9 March 2015

North-South Forum on Multilateral Cooperation in a World of Crises

Venue: Room VIII, Palais des Nations

Location: Geneva

This Forum was organised by the South Centre with the cooperation of the Government of Finland. The objective of the Forum is to generate discussions on the state of multilateral cooperation at this crucial juncture when the world faces multiple crises, challenges and possibilities, including in the global economy, in the environment including on climate change, and in health care (including Ebola, other emerging diseases, and antibiotic resistance). This year there will be important opportunities for multilateral cooperation to face these challenges, including the Post 2015 Development Agenda, the conclusion of the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Financing for Development Conference, the preparations for UNCTAD XIV, the Climate UNFCCC COP in Paris, the WTO Ministerial, etc.

The keynote speakers at this Forum were H.E. Erkki Tuomioja,  Foreign Minister of Finland, and H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, Chairman of the Board, South Centre and former President of Tanzania. They were also joined by a panel of other speakers who are involved in leadership positions in tackling these issues.

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PROGRAMME

 

North-South Forum on Multilateral Cooperation in a World of Crises

9 March 2015, 16:00-18:00hrs

Room VIII, Palais des Nations

 

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Martin KHOR, Executive Director, South Centre
  • H.E. Ms. Päivi KAIRAMO, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Finland

 

Keynote Speeches

  • H.E. Mr. Erkki TUOMIOJA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • H.E. Mr. Benjamin William MKAPA, Chairman of the Board, South Centre; former President of Tanzania – Keynote Speech

 

Panel Members

  • H.E. Mr. Abdul S. MINTY, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa; Convenor of the Council of Representatives of the South Centre
  • H.E. Ms. Cecilia REBONG, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines; Chair of the Group of 77 and China in Geneva – Statement
  • Ms. Victoria TAULI-CORPUZ, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Dr. Rohit MALPANI, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Access Campaign, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Ms. Françoise VANNI, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Influencing, Oxfam Great Britain

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