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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Multi-stakeholder partnerships


The achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals require all hands on deck. It require different sectors and actors working together in an integrated manner by pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise. In our new development era with 17 intertwined Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets as a blue-print for achieving the sustainable Future We Want, cross sectorial and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships will play a crucial role for getting us to where we need by the year 2030.

Partnerships for sustainable development are multi-stakeholder initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, intergovernmental organizations, major groups and others stakeholders, which efforts are contributing to the implementation of inter-governmentally agreed development goals and commitments, as included in Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, the Millennium Declaration, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) entitled “The Future We Want”, the Third International Conference on Small island Developing States, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sustainable Development Goal 17, which reads “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”, recognizes multi-stakeholder partnerships as important vehicles for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, particularly developing countries. Goal 17 further seek to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Our work

The Division for SDGs supports, facilitates and monitors multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments forged in support of sustainable development and the SDGs. announced at various international sustainable development conferences.

The Division also maintains the Partnerships for SDGs online platform – a global registry of commitments and multi-stakeholder partnerships made through various UN conferences in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include the SDG Summit (2019), the UN Ocean Conferences (2017 and 2021), the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference (2014), and the Rio+20 Conference (2012), among others.

Following the 2014 Third International Conference, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework was established by the General Assembly with the purpose of monitoring progress of existing, and stimulating the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. The Division, in collaboration with OHRLLS, is the supporting Secretariat to the framework.

In collaboration with several partners, In 2019 the Division launched, in collaboration with partners, the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator  to help accelerate and scale up effective partnerships to advance the SDGs. The initiative provides research on effective partnership practices and capacity development of relevant stakeholders to develop and implement partnerships to advance the SDGs. A particular focus of the Partnership Accelerator is to support developing countries in forging new partnerships to advance the SDGs by strengthening collaboration between stakeholders and sectors at the national level.

Partnership Accelerator
2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator

Accelerating effective partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals

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SIDS Partnerships Awards
SIDS Partnerships Awards

Recognising and rewarding the efforts of the best and most noteworthy, genuine and durable partnerships in the implementation of the sustainable development priorities of SIDS

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SDG Partnership Guidebook
SDG Partnership Guidebook

A practical guide to building high-impact multi-stakeholder partnerships for the SDGs

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Title Type Date
Summary Summaries 15-Nov-2018
Outcome - Inter-Regional Meeting for the Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway Outcome Documents 6-Nov-2018
Small Island Developing States make new commitment to combatting their common challenges Press releases 2-Nov-2018
Programme of Work - Inter-regional Meeting Programme 29-Oct-2018
Small Island Developing States from around the world to assess progress on sustainable development Press releases 29-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on Post SIDS Major Groups Outcome Statement Side events 24-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on ADDRESSING ТНЕ CHALLENGE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT &… Side events 24-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on ICPD Implementation in PACIFIC SIDS Side events 24-Oct-2018
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) , Ministry… Side events 24-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on IATI data, Partnership and Financing Side events 24-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on From Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to Big Ocean Sustainable States (BOSS)… Side events 24-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on Building оп 25+ Years of GEF Support for SIDS: What's Next?… Side events 24-Oct-2018
Side Events - Concept Note on MARINE LITTER AND MICROPLASTICS Side events 23-Oct-2018
Side Event - Concept Note on SIDS BLUE GUARDIANS Side events 23-Oct-2018
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H.E. Ambassador Inga Rhonda King, President of the Economic and Social Council Closing Session 11-Apr-2019
Mr. Al Binger, Secretary-General of SIDS Dock Partnership Dialogue 6-Aug-2018
H.E. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) Opening Session 6-Aug-2018
Dr. Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative Session 1 13-Jul-2018
Mr. Liu Zhenmin Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Opening Session 13-Jul-2018
H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for… Statements 12-Jul-2018
Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, High-Representative and Under-Secretary-General… Statements 12-Jul-2018
Mr. Elliot Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Chief… Statements 12-Jul-2018
SAMOA Pathway mid-term review preparatory process (UNDESA) Presentations 16-May-2018
Presentation on SIDS Partnerships - analysis (advance copy) (UNDESA) Presentations 16-May-2018
Overview of the SIDS Global Business Network Forum (SIDS - GBN) (OHRLLS) Presentations 16-May-2018
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Statements 13-Apr-2018
High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing… Statements 13-Apr-2018
An overview of SDG 14 Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments, including mangroves Presentations 12-Sep-2017
Ms. Marie Paule Roudil, Director, UNESCO New York Office Presentations 19-Jul-2017

The 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator is a collaborative initiative by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and The Partnering Initiative, in collaboration with United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), UN Global Compact, and the UN Development Coordination Office. The initiative aims to significantly help accelerate effective partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Direct partnership training support and advisory services are offered to member States and UN entities/Resident Coordinators/country teams wishing to foster stronger collaboration between stakeholders and sectors, and enhance their capacities in forging new multi-stakeholder partnerships and partnership platforms.

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