It is hard to believe that it was only three months ago that we had initial discussions about the South-South Council for Sustainable Development (SSCC). A whirlwind of activity followed with our Chairman reaching out to all corners of the globe to assemble a team of experts to help us achieve our vision of improving the well being of the most vulnerable communities by developing and strengthening long term dialogue through technical assistance and multilateral exchange of knowledge to generate alliances and collaboration between Africa, the Americas including the Wider Caribbean.
SSCC will be a catalyst and facilitator to bring together like minded experts, academics, practitioners and persons in a "Bottom Up” approach sensitive to community needs to influence “Top Down” regional, national and international decision makers to promote the exchange of good practices that will strengthen peace and promotes sustainable development within south-south cooperation. Focus areas will include education as a tool of inclusion, culture and identity, and protection of the environment. Public private partnership will be encouraged to promote sustainable tourism, artisanal fisheries and trade in post conflict period.
As Colombia prepares for peace after 50 years of conflict we intend to use this as a focal point to establish a vibrant dialogue with other conflict and post conflict countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and the Balkans.
The overarching goal is to promote closer cooperation between Sub-Saharan countries and those with large scale afro descendant population in the Caribbean, Central and South America in post conflict era, but with windows to Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, and the Balkans.
Dieter K. Rudolph
President and Chief Executive Officer