NAIROBI, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- South American and African leaders will meet in Kenya in December this year to forge stronger cooperation between the two regions and discuss their positions with regard to a number of pressing international concerns.
A statement from Kenya's foreign ministry said on Monday the South-South Cooperation Summit which will be held between Dec. 1-3 in Nairobi will bring together delegates from Africa and South America.
A statement from the foreign ministry said the summit will accord Kenya the privilege of advancing the key economic development issues including the topical concerns on environment.
"The summit will also lay a foundation for the position of the South in the build up to the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change which is scheduled for December 7-18 2009," the statement said.
The hosting of the summit came following a spirited campaign by Kenyan delegates at the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly in New York. The decision was reached at by consensus on Sept. 14.
The Summit will come at the backdrop of major UN conferences and summits on economic, social and related fields including the DOHA Declaration on Financing for Development, the Havana Program of Action which was adopted in the first South Summit on the Marakesh Framework for the implementation of South-South Cooperation.
Kenya is already working with the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in preparation of the conference.