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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Stakeholder engagement and Partnerships during and beyond COVID-19

Mon 03 May 2021, 7.30 am
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COVID-19 has underscored the importance of enhancing global collaboration and effective partnerships among all sectors and stakeholders not only in facing the immense challenges posed by the pandemic but also in build back better. Multi-stakeholder collaboration is thus an important mechanism to tackle the challenges of COVID-19 and will be essential as societies begin to recover and look to build more sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies.

In support of the efforts of all countries and stakeholders, the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator has undertaken a study of effective practice of multi-stakeholder partnerships in response to COVID-19. The study will inform the work of the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator - in particular around its national efforts – and include the following elements: typology of the range of partnerships, what impact are they having and how they are delivering against different phases of COVID-19; how did partnerships develop during the pandemic; what were the enabling conditions that allowed partnerships to develop; the challenges and possibly success factors of partnerships during COVID-19; and lessons-learned around partnerships’ response to other crises, i.e. climate change, ocean protection, etc.

In addition, as a result of a broad open survey with governments and stakeholders, UN DESA has recently launched a report on The Impacts of COVID-19 on Stakeholder Engagement for the SDGs, which presents new data on the impacts that COVID-19 has had on stakeholder engagement in the implementation, follow up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national, regional and sub-national levels. The report sought to catalogue important effects, highlight challenges, and present good practices and innovation for stakeholder engagement.

Both the partnership study and the stakeholder report will be presented during the third webinar of the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator webinar series on 3 May 2021, which is being held in the margins of the 2021 ECOSOC Partnership Forum and the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs.

The webinar will also include a panel to further explore what impact COVID-19 has had on stakeholder engagement, how partnerships have formed a critical response to the pandemic, and what lessons can be learned moving forward.

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