The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) is pleased to commission a special edition of its South-South Idea Paper Series on the subject of "South-South Cooperation in Strengthening Global South Trade, Investment and Regional Integration". The publications aim to examine challenges and future prospects given the changing global realities.


UNOSSC invites contributors from the South-South Global Thinkers Network to submit expressions of interest directly responding to the papers’ outlines and accompanying guiding questions prepared for the special edition.  The papers in the special series aim to tackle the following areas a) South-South trade & financial governance for the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development; b) South-South Cooperation and digitalization; c) trade and investment capacity building through South-South and Triangular Cooperation; d) South-South Cooperation modalities and instruments for accelerating regional trade integration and for creating a more balanced international trade Regime; e) South-South and Triangular Cooperation in an evolving international investment arrangements and practices; f) South-South Cooperation and financial technology in a globally inclusive economic architecture; g) South-South contribution to the emergence of a financial governance mechanism with the mobilization of the local private sector; and h) future trends, emerging issues, challenges and prospects.


These timely and policy relevant papers are expected to draw on independent research, analysis and perspectives of individual authors who are widely renowned in their respective areas of expertise.


Attached at the bottom is concept note for the papers, which include outlines and guiding questions, publication timeline as well as the guidelines for prospective authors. The proposed papers are expected to be published and launched in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Interested contributors are required to submit expressions of interest together with an abstract/outline (500 words in length) directly responding to one of the above mentioned areas, along with a CV and list of relevant publications to UNOSSC by 17 January 2020 for further consideration. All expressions of interest much be submitted via South-South Galaxy at the following link: Any questions or inquiries regarding this research should be directed to Dr. Hany Besada, Senior Research/Programme Advisor by email at