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The South Centre, Switzerland
The South Centre formally came into being as an intergovernmental body of developing countries on 31 July 1995, when the Intergovernmental Agreement to establish the Centre came into force. Currently, 48 countries are members of the South Centre. The Centre, however, works for the benefit of the South (i.e. developing countries) as a whole, making efforts to ensure that all developing countries and interested groups and persons have access to its publications and the results of its work. 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, intergovernmental organizations of the South, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the community at large.
The South Centre’s central objective is to promote South solidarity, cohesion, cooperation and common action on global and Southern issues, as well as to promote better mutual understanding and cooperation between the South and the North. The South Centre works on various clusters of issues, including those issues related to international trade and sustainable development. The South Centre’s Trade and Development Programme (TADP) was developed to focus on these issues. It works in close collaboration with developing countries and utilizes both South-South cooperation mechanisms and collaboration with selected Northern organizations. Its efforts have led to a planned and systematic expansion of activities in an area of major interest to the South.
The TADP provides developing country delegations with demand-driven substantive analytical and technical research support and policy analysis on a case-by-case and issue-specific basis. Its objective is to build and support the negotiating capacity of developing countries in the WTO, and to build a developing country-centred analytical perspective in the context of WTO discussions in support of a developing country agenda therein. In addition, the TADP also prepares and provides pro-active and substantive informal policy-oriented analytical notes in line with the Centre’s mandate to serve as a policy think-tank for developing countries responsive to the needs of developing country missions in Geneva for research and analytical assistance.
For more information about the South Centre, please visit: www.southcentre.org