South Centre

the South Centre is an intergovernmental policy think tank of developing countries – in english and en espanol

Science and technology and advances in knowledge have for centuries played a central role in economic and social transformation. Today, more than ever, they are set to shape the future of humankind. The challenge facing the international community as well as local communities in the new century is how to harness and direct knowledge in the service of local, national and global needs. In its Report titled the Challenge to the South, the South Commission commenting on the measures needed to address the challenges of generating and accessing innovations and knowledge observed inter alia that: … (full text about the programme).

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Address: South Centre, 17-19 chemin du Champ d’Anier, 1209 Petit Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland; – or: CP 228, 1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland;

About Us /A South IGO: The South Centre (the Centre) is an intergovernmental organization IGO of developing countries established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (Treaty) which came into force on 31 July 1995 with its headquarters in Geneva. 

The South Centre has grown out of the work and experience of the South Commission and its follow-up mechanism, and from recognition of the need for enhanced South-South co-operation. The Report of the South Commission – emphasized that the South is not well organized at the global level and has thus not been effective in mobilizing its considerable combined expertise and experience, nor its bargaining power.

The South Centre is therefore intended to meet the need for analysis of development problems and experience, as well as to provide intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action, particularly in the international arena.

Nature and Structure:

Under Article VI of the Intergovernmental Agreement, the Centre has three principal organs:

  • the Council of Representatives made up of the representatives of the Members States;
  • the Board made up of a Chairperson and nine members acting in their personal capacity – is appointed by the Council of Representatives and reflects a broad geographical balance among the countries of the South;
  • the Secretariat , headed by an Executive Director to implement the objectives of the Centre.

Objectives and Functions:

According to Article II of the Intergovernmental Agreement, the Centre has the following among its central objectives:

  • To promote South solidarity, South consciousness and mutual knowledge and understanding among the countries and peoples of the South;
  • To promote various types of South-South co-operation and action, South-South links, networking and information exchange;
  • To contribute to South-wide collaboration in promoting common interests and Co-ordinated participation by developing countries in international forums dealing with South-South and North-South matters, as well as with other global concerns;
  • To foster convergent views and approaches among countries of the South with respect to global economic, political and strategic issues related to evolving concepts of development, sovereignty and security;
  • To contribute to better mutual understanding and co-operation between the South and the North on the basis of equity and justice for all and, to this end, to the democratization and strengthening of the United Nations and its family of organizations.

Broadly, the Centre works to assist in developing points of view of the South on major policy issues, and to generate ideas and action-oriented proposals for consideration by the collectivity of South governments, institutions of South-South co-operation, inter-governmental organizations of the South, and non-governmental organizations and the community at large.

In order to meet its objectives, and within the limits of its capacity and mandate, the Centre also responds to requests for policy advice, and for technical and other support from collective entities of the South such as the Group of 77 and the Non-Aligned Movement.

These functions are carried out by means of policy-oriented research and analysis and by publishing and disseminating widely the results of its work.

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