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The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to be a robust knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to United Nations Member States, fellow United Nations entities, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders on South-South and triangular cooperation. It enables developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness opportunities to address them, while monitoring progress on the implementation of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, New Directions Strategy and the Nairobi outcome document.
UNOSSC is working on a program aimed at optimizing opportunities for African women in the wider STEM sector through enhanced professional capacity and mentorship and by leveraging the power of South-South and Triangular Cooperation. This initiative will help address some of the biggest barriers that women in STEM sector face, including but not limited to, lack of mentors, role models, networking opportunities and unequal growth opportunities compared to men. This program will be juxtaposed within the framework of South-South and triangular cooperation as an initiative to foster mutual learning, collaboration, networking and exchange of best practices amongst women in the STEM sector in Africa and other regions of the Global South.
With the goal of forming synergies and partnerships that foster mutual learning, UNOSSC will offer technical support to implement a program that promotes access to stem skills, a program that aims to increase access to STEM skills, especially in basic and higher education, which will be ploughed back to the communities to help drive innovation and local economic development, and thus overall development. This programme aims to increase both access to commercially viable STEM skills and create an ecosystem to absorb these skills as seen with the One Village One Product model.