Partnership Exchange

18 July 2016, 10.30 AM - 6.15 PM, Conference Room 1, UNHQ, New York

The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), organized the first 2016 Partnership Exchange event on 18 July 2016, Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York on the occasion of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Sustainable Development Goal 17 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - "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.

The Partnership Exchange event served as a forum to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, providing a platform for multi-stakeholder partnerships, government officials, United Nations, major groups and other stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for the 2016 Partnership Exchange was "Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through multi-stakeholder partnerships - ensuring that no one is left behind", in line with the theme of the High-level Political Forum in 2016.

PARTICIPATION
The Partnership Exchange special event was open to all accredited HLPF participants, as well included an ad hoc open registration process for those without UN grounds pass.
Programme

Stakeholders involved in multi-stakeholder partnerships wishing to take part (i.e. present their partnership) at the 2016 Partnership Exchange were asked to express their interest by filling out an open application form by 2 May 2016. The Secretariat wish to thank all applicants to the Partnership Exchange.

OPENING & WELCOMING REMARKS
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM  
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UN-DESA | Statement
10:45 AM - 10:50 AM
Special address by Mr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change (video message)

Introduced by Ms. Ann de la Roche, Officer-in-Charge and Chief of Operations, United Nations Office for Partnerships
INTRODUCTIONS PROVIDED BY
 
Mr. Nikhil Chandavarkar, Founder of Thersus Sustainability - launch of annual report on Partnerships for SDGs
PARTNERSHIP EXCHANGE
10:50 AM - 12:00 PM
Partnerships with focus on People
The 2030 Agenda highlights the determination to end poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. This session of the program focuses on partnerships that have committed to advance this objective.

Moderator: Ms. Mariarosa Cutillo, Chief of Strategic Partnerships Branch, Division of Communication and Strategic Partnerships, UNFPA

Respondent: Mr. Bernhard Mauritz Stormyr, Director, Head of Sustainability Management, Strategy and Business Development, Yara
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
Partnership Data for SDGs
A new collaborative partnership between UN-DESA, UN Global Compact with support from the UN Office for Partnerships, developed in response to United Nations Member States stressing the need to develop ways to improve transparency, accountability and the sharing of experiences of multi-stakeholder partnerships and on the review and monitoring of these partnerships.

Announcement by Ms. Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact.

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PARTNERSHIP EXCHANGE
12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Partnerships with focus on Planet & Prosperity
The 2030 Agenda highlights the determination to ensure that everyone can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature. The Agenda also highlights the determination to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations. This session of the program focuses on partnerships that have committed to advance these two objectives.

Moderator: Ms. Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Break
PRESENTATION
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM
Online platforms for partnership engagement
PARTNERSHIP EXCHANGE
2:20 PM - 3:30 PM
Partnerships with focus on Data, media and innovative tools for the SDGs
The 2030 Agenda stresses that governments, international organizations, the business sector and other non-State actors and individuals must contribute to changing unsustainable consumption and production patterns, including through the mobilization, from all sources, of financial and technical assistance to strengthen developing countries’ scientific, technological and innovative capacities to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production. In addition, the Agenda acknowledges that quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data will be needed to help with the measurement of progress and to ensure that no one is left behind. Such data is key to decision making. This session of the program focuses on partnerships that have committed to advance this objective.

Moderator: Mr. Mitchell Toomey, Director, SDG Action Campaign

Respondent: Ms. Riikka Laatu, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
SIDS PARTNERSHIP EXCHANGE
 
Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework
Monitoring and ensuring the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for Small Island Developing States
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS Conference) was held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. Close to 300 partnerships were registered towards the Conference, addressing a range of priority areas, including Sustainable Economic Development, Climate Change & Disaster Risk management, Social Development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, Youth and Women, Sustainable Energy, Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity, Water and Sanitation, and Food Security and Waste Management.

In December 2015, as a direct follow up to the SIDS Conference, the General Assembly established, through resolution A/RES/70/202, the SIDS Partnership Framework for the purpose of monitoring and ensuring the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for Small Island developing States.

It’s now been almost two years since the international community came together at the SIDS Conference, pledging its support to the sustainable development of SIDS, and the announcement of a range of partnerships devoted to SIDS. What has been the progress of these partnerships since 2014?

On the occasion of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Maldives and Italy, in their capacity as co-chairs of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS – a crucial element of the SIDS Partnerships Framework - are organizing a stock taking event on SIDS Partnerships, in collaboration with the UN Secretariat. The event will provide an opportunity for reviewing progress made by existing partnerships, sharing of good practices, lessons learned and challenges and challenges faced in implementation.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, co-chair of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Moderator: H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, co-chair of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS
Respondent: Ms. Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Samoa
DIALOGUE
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda – How to improve and review their contributions to the implementation of the SDGs
A dialogue organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Moderator: Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN-DESA

Panellists:
  • Dr. Marianne Beisheim, SWP, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Senior Associate - on coherent framework for reviewing partnerships
  • Mr. Mike Wisheart, World Vision international, Senior advisor, advocacy & External Engagement

Presentation:

  • Reviewing contributions from partnerships using the Partnerships for SDGs online platform

Respondents
  • Dr. Ingolf Dietrich, Deputy Director-General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Morten Jespersen, Under-Secretary for Global Development and Cooperation, Denmark

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CLOSING
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Wrap up: Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN-DESA
Statements & Presentations

Number of statements/presentations: 31

Opening Session
Partnerships with focus on People
Partnerships with focus on Planet & Prosperity
Online platforms for partnership engagement
Partnerships with focus on Data, media and innovative tools for the SDGs
Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework
Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda – How to improve and review their contributions to the implementation of the SDGs