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About The Partnership Platform

The Partnership Platform is United Nations’ global registry of voluntary commitments and multi-stakeholder partnerships made in support of sustainable development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

The platform is open to all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, local authorities, private sector, scientific and technological community, academia, and others, to register a voluntary commitment or multi-stakeholder partnership which aims to drive the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Managed by the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSDG/DESA), the platform also brings together different registries launched in support of various UN conferences and processes dealing with sustainable development over the years, including the 2017 & 2022 UN Ocean Conference, the 2014 SIDS Conference, and the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. It also provides access to thematic multi-stakeholder action networks that are maintained by other UN entities and actors to galvanize partnerships and commitments in support of the SDGs.

Criteria for Registration

The platform welcomes registration of partnerships and voluntary commitments undertaken by Governments, intergovernmental organizations,  and other stakeholders that are aligned with SMART deliverables - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource-based, and Time-bound – and that aim to drive the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

All stakeholders are encouraged to register their partnerships and voluntary commitments that support the implementation of the SDGs into the platform, or through the different action networks, per their preference and alignment of interest.

The SMART criteria

  • Specific: Registered initiatives should aim for concrete deliverables, contributing to specific goals and targets under the 2030 Agenda. In the case of multi-stakeholder partnerships, each partner should have a clear role to play.
  • Measurable: To facilitate review of progress, registered initiatives should set measurable progress indicators.
  • Achievable: Registered initiatives should set attainable goals and strive to deliver results.
  • Resource-based: Initiatives should have a secured resource base, rather than merely project proposals,
  • Time-bound: Deliverables should be time-specific.

What to expect after registration

After a registration is submitted, the initiative will be reviewed by the UN secretariat, and if qualified, will be published in the online platform. 

Annual Partnership Report

Each year, the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of UN DESA produces a publication on partnerships and commitments by various stakeholders, summarizing partnership trends and highlights transformative partnerships. New registrations provide the basis for preparing the report.

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