The twentieth session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 4 June 2021. The general debate and the thematic segment will be virtual while the closing session will be in person. The session will review progress made in implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, the new directions strategy for South-South cooperation, the Nairobi outcome document of the High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation and the Buenos Aires outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40). Following consultations with Bureau members of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, the topic for the thematic segment of the twentieth session of the Committee will be “Accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through effective implementation of the BAPA+40 outcome document while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and similar global crises”. The thematic segment will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the afternoon of 2 June. The provisional annotated agenda, list of related documents (SSC/20/L.2), information and the programme of work (SSC/20/L.3) for the twentieth session will be available on the website of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) at: https://www.unsouthsouth.org/our-work/policy-and-intergovernmental-support/high-level-committee-on-south-south-cooperation/high-level-committee-on-south-south-cooperation-20th-session/ Civil society organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC are requested to indicate their interest in participating in the general debate on Tuesday, 1 June, and the morning of Wednesday, 2 June and interest in speaking at this website. Information regarding participation at the High-level session by Civil Society will be shared with you in due course. The deadline for submitting the participation application form and Expression of Interest to speak at the High-level session is at 12 noon on Tuesday, 11 May 2021. Applications after the deadline will not be considered. *Submission of this form does not imply or guarantee participation and a speaking opportunity due to limited time.