Plenary on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

Plenary session “From global goals to action: unleashing the power of partnerships”

Date: 1 December 2016
Time: 15.45 to 17.15
Venue: Tsavo Plenary Hall, KICC

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be as much about the effectiveness of development co-operation as it will be about the quantity and form that co-operation takes.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is marked by inclusivity, integration, and universality, with a fundamental shift expected in the development cooperation architecture. Improving the effectiveness, quality and impact of development co-operation in this context will require inclusive partnerships, innovative approaches and the application of lessons at country level.

The SDGs offer a comprehensive, cross-cutting and indivisible set of targets that serve as a roadmap to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Their realization will require all parties to work as genuine partners to work together effectively, across borders and sectors – for everyone and everywhere.

The third principle of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation – inclusive partnerships – deals with promoting, monitoring and learning from partnerships and stakeholder engagement.

In practice, this means that there is a need to better understand and further improve the effectiveness, quality and impact of partnerships. This requires a change in outlook and behaviour, innovation and the application of learning from earlier experiences.

This plenary session aimed to create a sense of urgency on the need for effective partnerships in achieving the SDGs and will contribute to this in three ways. It will showcase the diversity of partnerships and how they work. It will then facilitate a dialogue on how we can boost multi-stakeholder partnering – based on lessons learned – in reaching the SDGs. Finally, it aims to identify key success factors and further action needed from the Global Partnership to enable, catalyse and support effective partnering.

The Task Team participated in the core group for this plenary session.