Global South

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First used in a political sense in 1969.

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the Global South

  1. (geopolitics) A region prodominantly composed of the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia excluding Japan and South Korea, regarded as half of a socioeconomic and political divide opposite to the Global North.
    Antonym: Global North
    • 2015, Andrea Hollington, Oliver Tappe, Tijo Salverda, Tobias Schwarz, Concepts of the Global South. Voices from around the world.[1], Global South Studies Center Cologne, archived from the original on 4 September 2016:
      Where and what is the Global South? If you ask people on the street, many would probably not have the faintest idea. In everyday parlance and mass media, Global South has hardly become a household term. In academic and (global) policy circles, though, the term is used with much more gusto.
    • 2022 December 19, Patrick Greenfield, Phoebe Weston, “Cop15: historic deal struck to halt biodiversity loss by 2030”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Countries from the global south, including Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – mega-diverse countries home to the world’s three largest rainforests – wanted governments to agree to the creation of a new biodiversity fund as part of the Montreal pact to pay for new conservation targets.
    • 2023 February 11, Janan Ganesh, “After Germany's fall, which is the paragon nation?”, in FT Weekend, page 22:
      A paragon from the Global South, as no one I know who lives there calls it, would be very 21st century, very au courant.


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