The South–South Cooperation Program is a new GFDRR initiative to facilitate collaboration among low- and middle-income countries and help them mainstream disaster risk reduction and recovery, including climate change adaptation, into development programming. The Program is expected to mobilize US$100 million for South–South Partnerships between 2008 and 2015; this includes the partners’ own commitments and contributions. The Program recognizes the vital role of South-South partnerships in achieving poverty reduction objectives and attaining the Millennium Development Goals. It capitalizes on the strong leadership, creativity, technical know-how, and practical disaster risk reduction experience of Southern governments, institutions, networks, and communities. Multilateral institutions, regional organizations, bilateral donors, and other partners in the North can play a catalytic role in South-South partnerships and are invited to support the initiative as accompanying members.