Since 2008: The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China begins working together with UN agencies on SSCCC initiatives.

2011: UNEP-IEMP, the first UN Environment-collaborating centre “in the South and for the South”, hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is established in Beijing.

2013: Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EbA South), a joint initiative of NDRC and UN Environment, funded by the GEF, is launched in April 2013. A High-level Roundtable on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in the context of South-South Cooperation takes place at COP19 in Warsaw in December 2013.

2014: In May 2014 China and UN Environment signs an agreement to harness their “strengths, capacities and resources” to assist the global South combat climate change. The first SSCCC Forum takes place in Lima on 8 December 2014, on the sidelines of COP20, with more than 200 participants.

2015: In a Scoping Meeting held in Beijing in August 2015, experts discuss the niche and strategic directions of SSCCC. In September 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping announces that China will make available USD 3.1 billion for SSCCC. Co-sponsored by NDRC and UN Environment, the second edition of the SSCCC Forum is organized in Paris on 6 December 2015, as a side event of COP21.

2016: The SSCCC Forum is endorsed as a standing mechanism with the mandate to undertake policy dialogue amongst SSCCC stakeholders in support of enhanced and concerted climate action in and for the global South. UNEP-IEMP establishes the SSCCC Forum Secretariat. In a Scoping Meeting held in Beijing in April 2016, SSCCC stakeholders agree on new streams of activity for the Forum.