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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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Partnerships, voluntary commitments and initiatives to support sustainable transport Outcome Documents 14-Dec-2016
Thematic discussion 9: Financing sustainable transport: Domestic resource mobilization, international… Background papers/Special studies 11-Nov-2016
Summary - Partnership Exchange 2016 Outcome Documents 8-Sep-2016
Summary - Second meeting Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS Other documents 18-Jul-2016
Background note - Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework Dialogue Other documents 17-Jul-2016
Partnership Exchange - 2016 Programme Programme 15-Jul-2016
Programme 2nd Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS Programme 17-Jun-2016
A/RES/70/202 - Follow-up to and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the… Resolutions and decisions 12-Jun-2016
SIDS Partnership Framework Reporting template Other documents 3-May-2016
Message from partners of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI): UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, UN Global… Other documents 5-Apr-2016
Concept note - Partnership Exchange Other documents 31-Mar-2016
Summary - First meeting of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Outcome Documents 13-Mar-2016
Testimonials of the Sustainability Literacy Test Other documents 2-Mar-2016
Proposed Methods of Work - Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS Other documents 25-Feb-2016
Partnerships for SDGs - Synthesis of online consultation Other documents 22-Dec-2015
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Stella Pfisterer, Research Associate, Partnership Resource Center Session 2 28-Nov-2016
Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General and Executive Director, ICLEI ‐ South Asia… Session 2 28-Nov-2016
Conrad Zellmann, Head of Access to Information, Development Initiatives Session 1 28-Nov-2016
Dr. Patrick Ho Chi Ping, Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, China Energy Fund… Session 1 28-Nov-2016
Chikako Tikase, International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local… Session 4 28-Nov-2016
H.E. Dessima Williams, Special Adviser, Implementation of the Sustainable Development… Special Keynote 28-Nov-2016
Natasha Mayestha, Communication & Partnership Manager, Filantropi Indonesia Session 3 28-Nov-2016
Portia Domonatani Dugu, Forum Compact Research Officer, Pacific Islands Forum… Session 3 28-Nov-2016
Sri Husnaini Sofjan, Senior Programme Administrator & Strategist, Huairou… Session 2 28-Nov-2016
Aldi M. Alizar, Indonesia International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Session 2 28-Nov-2016
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations… Opening Remarks 23-Sep-2016
Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least… Opening Remarks 23-Sep-2016
Ms. Meg Taylor, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Partnership: Pacific Ocean Alliance,… Presentations 22-Sep-2016
Ms. Joan Franca, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) Partnerships with focus on Data, media and innovative tools for the SDGs 18-Jul-2016
Ms. Vanessa Tarantini, Programme Analyst, UN Global Compact Network Brazil Partnerships with focus on People 18-Jul-2016

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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