To promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation, the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation has designed a 3-in-1 service support architecture through which it operationalizes its policy directives and supports the development community. The first pillar of this structure is the Global South-South Development Academy, an online platform through which hundreds of Southern development solutions and experts have been identified, codified and managed. The second pillar, the Global South-South Development Expo, then serves to showcase selected successful development solutions annually at its UN system-wide event, bringing together development practitioners and representatives of the UN system, government, the private sector and civil society. The third pillar, the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange, facilitates the transfer of proven Southern development solutions through its physical and Internet-based platform, matching Southern solution seekers and providers for the transfer of technologies, develpment solutions and financing within a secure environment.
The Special Unit is able to achieve its objectives through the building and strengthening of broad-based partnerships among developed and developing countries, the United Nations system, and private-sector and civil society organizations. The Division for Partnership and Resource Mobilization of the Special Unit works to secure resources through arrangements such as public-private partnerships, cost-sharing and parallel financing.