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The South Centre came formally into being as an intergovernmental body of developing countries on 31 July 1995, when the Intergovernmental Agreement to establish the Centre came into force. Currently, 49 countries are members of the South Centre. The Centre, however, works for the benefit of the South as a whole, making efforts to ensure that all developing countries and interested groups and persons have access to its publications and the results of its work, irrespective of membership. Broadly, the Centre works to assist in developing points of view of the South on major policy issues, and to generate ideas and action-oriented proposals for consideration by the collectivity of South governments, institutions of South-South co-operation, inter-governmental organizations of the South, and non-governmental organizations and the community at large. In order to meet its objectives, and within the limits of its capacity and mandate, the Centre also aims to respond to requests for policy advice, and for technical and other support from collective entities of the South such as the Group of 77 and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Meeting the Challenges of UN Reform: A South Perspective
Geneva, August 2006
The South Centre's Global Governance Programme for Development (GGDP) released an Analytical Note providing a brief background of UN reform since the start of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s tenure in 1997.

Comparative Assessment of Developing Country Participation in the Governance of Global Economic Institutions
Geneva, August 2006
This South Centre Analytical Note, prepared by the Global Governance for Development Programme (GGDP), was distributed at the XXIII Technical Group Meeting (TGM) of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four (G-24), 13-14 September 2006, Singapore.

The South Intellectual Platform
Geneva, July 2006
The South Intellectual Platform (SIP) is an initiative of the South Centre to reflect on the new issues and challenges for the South which have emerged since the work of the South Commission 15 years earlier.

Development and Human Rights: Promoting the Human Rights Council’s Developmental Mandate
Geneva, June 2006
This South Centre Analytical Note provides a brief discussion of the linkage between poverty reduction, development and the full enjoyment of human rights. It suggests that the new UN Human Rights Council should adopt a developmental approach to its work in promoting and protecting civil, political economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.

Development: Making Corporate Responsibility for Development Operational in the UNCTAD XI MTR Context
Geneva, May 2006
This South Centre Analysis provides a discussion of the concept of corporate responsibility for development, existing initial initiatives in this area, and the need for UNCTAD to ensure that its mandate coming from UNCTAD XI to undertake work in this area results in substantive outcomes.

New Publications for the UNCTAD Mid Term Review
Geneva, May 2006
The South Centre released two new papers on the UNCTAD Mid Term Reviews: Operationalising the Concept of Policy Space in the UNCTAD XI Mid-Term Review Context (May 2006) and Enhancing Positive Corporate Contributions to Development: Making corporate responsibility for development operational in the UNCTAD XI MTR context.

Strenthening the UN Conference on Trade and Development
Geneva, April 2006
A key issue to emerge for developing countries has been to secure a renewed role for the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), amongst attempts to dilute, supplant or subsume its mandate. In April, the South Centre released a paper called “Reinventing UNCTAD.” The paper was prepared by Professor Muchkund Dubey, at the request of, and in close collaboration with Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Chairman of the Board of the South Centre, for submission to the Panel of Eminent Persons. The paper examines the development of UNCTAD since its inception in 1964, and proposes possible steps for reform. The paper looks at UNCTAD's mandate, its achievements and its decline.

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