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Updated On: Wednesday, 18 September 2019



Q: What is South-South News?

To learn about South-South News and it's objectives and goals, follow this link here.

Q: What is the 'global South'?

This is a more modern and politically appropriate variation of the term 'Third World,' and encompasses the countries of the developing world – most of which are in the Southern hemisphere, hence 'global South.' 

There are varying definitions of 'developing country' that change depending on the context. For further information, see these external sources below.

For the World Bank definition of developing country, see here.
For official United Nations classification of developing countries, see here.
For the Human Development Index of Countries from the United Nations Development Programme, see here.
For a list of countries classified as Least Developed Countries, see here.
For members of the G77 - the largest coalition of developing countries - see here.

Q: What does 'South-South' mean?

South-South is a term used in the development community describing cooperation or engagement between countries of the global South. Much of our coverage examines how South-South Cooperation is emerging as an integral part of development work, as countries of the South become increasingly active in helping each other address economic, social and environmental challenges.

For more details, view the information page of the United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation here.

Q: And 'Triangular Cooperation'?

Triangular Cooperation is the social, political and economic dynamic between two or more countries of the global South with another actor (or actors) from the North. It represents the growing power of developing countries as they engage more constructively with the developed world, going beyond traditional concepts of 'North-South' bilateral trade.

Q: Why does South-South News cover the global South?

Despite widespread availability of information and communication technologies worldwide, finding news about the developing world is difficult. Most of the focus in mainstream news is negative and overly-political, and too often ignores the human dimensions of poverty, conflict, and inequality. South-South News is a media platform that tells the stories of the people, governments, UN system, civil society and private sector actors who are making a difference and working towards sustainable development in the global South and beyond. More importantly, we believe it is essential to bridge the digital divide between actors in the South and North, making global partnerships and cooperation more feasible and effective.

Q: What is South-South News' relationship to the United Nations?

South-South News is an initiative launched during the 16th session of the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. South-South News is a news organization, which operates independently and is not part of the United Nations system. South-South News recognizes the essential role played by the United Nations, its respective agencies, programs and funds, and focuses on unbiased coverage of international affairs, public policy and politics as it relates to global development. South-South News focuses on covering and disseminating information about the United Nations, its work, and the broader global development landscape, in addition to other global stakeholders in the private and public sectors. As an accredited news organization, South-South News is formally recognized by the United Nations and world governments within the international community for its exemplary work in support of the UN's development agenda, in both journalism and the global public-private sphere.

Q: What are Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and why facilitate them?

The "old ways" of promoting development, such as strictly through donor aid from rich countries and intergovernmental organizations, is losing its effectiveness. While development aid is still essential for least developed countries, governments are needing to find ways to supplement the declining share of aid that developed countries are giving. By turning to mutually-beneficial partnerships with the private sector, countries are seeing the bonus of increased investment from companies and businesses, while also broadening access to international markets. This phenomenon isn't new, but it is certainly growing rapidly, and proponents will need a platform to discuss, debate and refine public-private partnerships.

In addition, South-South News works to establish partnerships with public and private entities, while facilitating partnerships between and among governments, international institutions, and private businesses, as a way to help promote greater sustainable development and financing options for countries around the world.

For more information on public-private partnerships, visit this external link here.

Q: Where is South-South News content published?

All of our original material is published on our website, www.SouthSouthNews.com, and shared with partners online. It is produced and edited in broadcast quality 1080i HD by our in-house team of reporters, cameramen and producers. We also work with some national governments and international organizations who share our news content on their broadcast systems under specific terms and conditions.

Q: Who is the South-South News audience?

South-South News tailors its content to be accessible to anyone interested in global development. Our audience is broad, reaching high-ranking government officials, top United Nations personnel, civil society groups, development experts, students, as well as everyday people around the world who have an interest in news from the global South.

Q: Where is South-South News headquartered?

South-South News is headquartered in New York City, in an area where United Nations offices are evenly spread among foreign missions, major businesses, and non-governmental organizations, making it one of the most important locations for international relations and diplomacy.

South-South News also has offices in the Headquarters of the United Nations where we regularly engage senior leaders from the UN, governments, private sector, and civil society, reporting firsthand from the deliberations and proceedings.


For more information, please contact us here.


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