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China's Yiping Zhou Named U.N. Envoy On South-South Cooperation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced Yiping Zhou of China as his Envoy on South-South Cooperation.

Zhou has been Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) since December 2004, leading the Organization's system-wide promotion and coordination of South-South cooperation in the global South. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Cooperation South, one of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) signature development journals.

Zhou has previously served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Adviser of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation from 1997 to 2004, and as Regional Program Officer of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific from 1992 to 1997. He was Project Management Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services from 1985 to 1992.

Before joining the United Nations system, Zhou assigned as Policy Officer in the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of the Government of the People's Republic of China from 1980 to 1984. From 1984-1985, he served as a diplomat in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations.

Zhou, an economist, graduated from Fudan University in 1977, and then pursued further applied academic research and studies at the Canberra College of Advanced Education in Australia from 1978 to 1979.

South-South cooperation is a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains. Involving two or more developing countries, it can take place on a bilateral, regional, sub-regional or inter-regional basis. Developing countries share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet their development goals through concerted efforts.

Recent developments in South-South cooperation have taken the form of increased volume of South-South trade, South-South flows of foreign direct investment, movements towards regional integration, technology transfers, sharing of solutions and experts, and other forms of exchanges.

Collaboration in which traditional donor countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives through the provision of funding, training, and management and technological systems as well as other forms of support is referred to as triangular cooperation.

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