The Challenges of South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation for the United Nations: Towards True Solidarity and a Human Rights Based Democratization of Global Health?

Wiebe Nauta*

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In light of recent efforts by the UN to more firmly embed SSC and TrC in all its
institutions, this paper examines the challenges that lie ahead by first tracing the
emergence of the terms SSC and TrC on a discursive level in the UN system. Second,
it reflects theoretically on the concepts of solidarity and development to show that
voices from the Global South are suggesting alternative understandings that may do
more justice to the poor and disadvantaged. Third, it explores what can be learned
from various interlinked health crises and the recent COVID-19 pandemic regarding
the flaws of SSC and TrC. Fourth, it sketches a way forward by looking at ways in
which a more human rights based democratization of global health can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-86
JournalAsian Journal of Peacebuilding
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • United Nations, South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation, sustainable development, solidarity, human rights, global health

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