Partnerships against COVID-19 - Building back better, together
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20 May 2020 - The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has underscored the importance of enhancing global collaboration and effective partnerships among all sectors and stakeholders, while building back better, together.

Today’s societies are highly interconnected; we are all part of one global interdependent system, where the sharing of ideas, information, knowledge, and movement people and of goods, are truly boundless. This interconnectedness is also the basis for our global economy, and as any system, the health of all parts is crucial.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Group has recently launched a coherent framework for UN’s urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, putting in practice Secretary-General’s report on “Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 ”. Moving beyond the initial response phase, the UN Secretary-General underlines the need for the world to “recover better” and that any recovery strategy should ensure that the we collectively remain on track towards the longer-term objectives outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of our societies, posing an unprecedented challenge to all countries and all peoples, and in particular putting those farthest behind at even greater risk. Slowing the pace of COVID-19 and mitigating its impact cannot be the work of governments alone, instead it requires an all-of-society response.

In April 2019, the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator was launched by United Nations (through UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Office for Partnerships, UN Global Compact), and The Partnering Initiative, with the purpose of accelerating and scaling up solid and effective partnerships to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in all countries.

Multi-stakeholder collaboration is an important mechanism to tackle the challenges of COVID-19 and will be essential in order to ‘build back better’ as societies begin to recover and look to build more sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies.

In order to inspire and support collaboration among all stakeholders during these challenging times, the Partnership Accelerator is today launching two new publications; a guidebook on how to effectively build strong partnerships. and a research report on partnership platforms.

The guidebook aims to help stakeholders to understand the value of multi-stakeholder partnerships and provide guidance on how to build robust and effective collaborations that can achieve extraordinary results for the SDGs.

The research report draws out good practices from in-country ‘partnership platforms’ that are evolving around the world. These platforms aim to catalyze and support new multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development, often with a particular thematic or SDG-driven focus.

Both publications are available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/PartnershipAccelerator
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