Cooperation among Countries for Health Development


Short Summary

South-south cooperation is an effective, and an increasingly relevant global technical cooperation mechanism for improving health outcomes by strengthening health capacities in countries.

By stimulating knowledge-sharing among countries and the promotion of horizontal-partnerships, Member States have been accelerating health development efforts in countries while facing significant health challenges.

Brokering partnerships and through the promotion of dialogue between all relevant stakeholders we seek to address the various health, as well as development challenges that we currently face, and ensure that we capitalize on the best practices and lessons learned to face those difficulties.


Objectives and Thematic Focus

  • Highlight the trends and relevance of South-South and triangular cooperation
  • Showcase best practices and lessons learned in terms of south-south cooperation in health globally from the experience of UN agencies and Member States
  • Engage partners across all regions to work in the pursuit of national, regional and global health objectives


Concrete Outcomes

  • Present concrete examples the impact on health outcomes from south-south cooperation and horizontal partnerships
  • Introduce the UNFPA strategy to promote innovative health practices.
  • Present PAHO/WHO’s Funding Mechanism for Cooperation among Countries for Health Development (CCHD) in support of south-south and triangular cooperation.





Mr. Ian McFarlane

Deputy Regional Director of UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Mr. Ian McFarlane has started his duty as Deputy Regional Director of the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Istanbul in 2016.

From 2012 to 2016 Ian served as UNFPA Representative in Moldova and Country Director for Albania. Before being appointed to the Republic of Moldova, Ian served as UNFPA Representative in Nepal (2009-2012).

Earlier he worked as Deputy Representative for UNFPA in Ghana (2006-2008) and as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director (Programme) in the Office of the Executive Director for UNFPA in New York. As a Policy Specialist in the United Nations Development Group Office in New York (1998-2004), he was part of the inter-agency team providing support to UN reform and the Resident Coordinator System.

Ian gained experience in the NGO sector: during 1997-1998 he was the Country Representative in Haiti for Intermon, a Spanish NGO and member of Oxfam International, and in 1994-1997 he worked for Actionaid, as a Policy Researcher and then (sponsored by the British Government and UNDP) was seconded to UNDP Geneva to enhance collaboration between UNDP and NGOs in Europe and globally.

Ian has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Latin American Studies/London School of Economics in the Political Economy of Latin America.

Ian is married and has 4 children.


Mr. Carlos Andres Emanuele

Specialist in Cooperation among Countries for Health Development, Country and Subregional Coordination Office, Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization

Since mid-2016, Mr. Emanuele is the main focal point for South-South and Triangular Cooperation at the Pan American Health Organization/ Word Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and in charge of promoting cooperation among countries for health development in the region of the Americas, including the coordination of the CCHD Funding Mechanism.

Before joining PAHO/WHO he was the Director of Cooperation and International Relations of the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador, overseeing multilateral relations and bilateral cooperation in line with the country’s foreign policy objectives.

Previously, he served as a Consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme, supporting the development of public policy and implementation of projects on sustainable consumption and production. Followed the negotiation processes of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, as well as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20).

He holds a Degree in International Economics and Administration, a Master in Economics and Administration of Public Institutions and International Organizations from the Luigi Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), as well a Master in Political Sciences, focused on International Affairs and with a specialization in International Economic Policy awarded by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris – Sciences-Po (Paris, France).


Mr. Paisan Rupanichkij

Deputy Director-General, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA)

Mr. Paisan Rupanichkij is a Deputy Director-General of Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joining diplomatic service in 1989, Mr. Rupanichkij has previously served as a Director of ASEAN ll Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs in 2011 and a Director of International Economic Policy Division, Department of International Economic Affairs in 2015.

Mr. Rupanichkij was posted as a first secretary at the Royal Thai Embassy in Ankara, Turkey in 1999 to 2002 and a Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations, New York, in 2012 to 2015.

In June 2016, Mr. Rupanichkij was endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Group at the United Nations in New York to serve as an expert to Perez Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation (PGTF).

Mr. Rupanichkij holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU) (1998).


Ms. Silvia López Cabana

South-South Cooperation Specialist of the Social Cohesion and South-South Cooperation Area, Ibero-American General Secretariat SEGIB

Ms. Lopez holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Administration and a Masters Degree in International Cooperation for Development from the Ortega & Gasset University Institute. She has been working for SEGIB since 2012, as one of the lead authors of the Report on South-South Cooperation in Ibero-America that SEGIB produces annually. She has also been actively involved in the provision of technical support to the Ibero-American Program for the Strengthening of South-South Cooperation (PIFCSS), including through the process of developing the Management Guidelines to implement Triangular cooperation in Ibero-America and the engagement of the anglophone countries in the Caribbean in reporting South-South Cooperation.

She has published many research articles for institutions like the Inter-American Development Bank, the Eurosocial Program, the Rovira i Virgili University or the Diego Portales University. She is also the author of the document Chronology and History of South-South Cooperation. An Ibero-american Contribution.


Mr. Galo Yepez

Ambassador, Ministry of Foreing Affairs from Ecuador



Mr. Dumitru Deac

Director General, RoAID

Mr. Dumitru Deac is the Director General of the first ever created Romanian International Development Agency (RoAid). The establishment of the Agency is yet another demonstration of Romania’s determination to deliver in a more efficient and dynamic way both its official development and humanitarian assistance. The Romanian ODA totaled more than EUR 246 millions in 2016, encompassing more than 400 projects in various geographical areas.

Mr. Deac had a distinguished career of more than 30 years in senior positions within the United Nations, including direct implication in operational activities for development, both across the world and in Romania.




Focal Point Contact Details

Overall Coordinator: Pan American Health Organization – Office for Country and Subregional Coordination

Communications Focal Point: Ms. Ana Treasure / Mr. Carlos Andres Emanuele

Title: Head, Office for Country and Subregional Coordination / Cooperation Among Countries for Health Development Specialist


Phone: +1 (202) 974 3979