Technical cooperation among developing countries

The Executive Board

1. Recalls the second cooperation framework for technical cooperation among developing countries (TCDC) 2001-2003 (DP/CF/TCDC/2) approved by the Executive Board in its decision 2001/7 of 5 February 2001;

2. Takes note of decisions 13/1 and 13/2 adopted at the thirteenth session of the High-level Committee on the Review of Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries on the review of progress made in implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action and the new directions strategy for TCDC;

3. Takes note of the report of the Administrator on the implementation of the second cooperation framework for technical cooperation among developing countries (DP/2003/14);

4. Encourages further efforts to make South-South cooperation contribute effectively to the development outcomes set out in United Nations conferences and summits, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and to the mainstreaming of TCDC dimensions in the implementation of UNDP programme activities;

5. Recognizes the significant role of South-South cooperation in poverty eradication and in promoting the sustained growth and development of all developing countries, particularly the least developed countries, land-locked developing countries, transit developing countries and small island developing states;

6. Welcomes General Assembly resolution 57/263 to include the Voluntary Trust Fund for the Promotion of South-South Cooperation in the United Nations Pledging Conference for Development, as long as it exists, and invites developed countries, and developing countries in a position to do so, to contribute to the Fund;

7. Notes with appreciation the lessons learned from the second cooperation framework for TCDC, which will provide useful inputs in formulating the third cooperation framework to be presented to the Executive Board in first regular session 2004.

13 June 2003