Strengthening the capacity in developing, monitoring and reviewing durable Partnerships for Small Island Developing States
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Partnership Dialogues Timeline
  • AIMS - 22-23 May 2018, Mauritius
  • Pacific - 20-21 June 2018, Tonga
  • Caribbean - 6 August 2018, Belize
  • Samoa Partnership Dialogue - 29 October 2018, Samoa

The partnership dialogues will be organized in the margins of the preparatory meetings as part of the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review.

In September 2019, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 72/217, Member States will convene a one-day high-level meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to review progress made in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway - the outcome of the 2014 SIDS Conference. A robust Member States driven preparatory process is currently underway, which will feature three regional meetings of SIDS, as well as one interregional meeting for all SIDS.

With generous funding support provided by the government of Italy, and under the overall guidance of the Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships, currently chaired by Belize and Ireland, UN DESA is undertaking a capacity development project to support the work of the SIDS Partnership Framework and the preparatory process related to the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review.

The project is expected to result in a SIDS Partnership Toolbox, which will include an in-depth analysis of existing partnerships, identified best practices and gaps in implementation, and a set of tools for monitoring and evaluating SIDS partnerships at national, regional and global level.

SIDS Partnership Dialogues
The project will include a series of capacity development partnership dialogues, to be organized in the margins of the preparatory meetings as part of the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review. The partnership dialogues will provide an opportunity to bring together relevant stakeholders from the different SIDS regions to:

  • Assess the status of partnerships for each SIDS region, identifying best practices and gaps around which new partnerships could be forged to further drive implementation of SAMOA Pathway priority areas and SDGs in SIDS;
  • Raise the capacity of diverse stakeholders to develop genuine and durable partnerships for SIDS;
  • Strengthen the review and monitoring process of SIDS partnerships.

How can I get involved?

  • All relevant stakeholders and focal points of SIDS partnerships are encouraged to engage in the process and to participate in the partnership dialogues as appropriate. Contact the UN Secretariat (Mr Ola Goransson, Partnerships Coordinator, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN DESA, goranssono@un.org) if you wish to participate in the dialogues.
  • Kindly also make sure you have submitted a progress report of your partnership(s).
  • Register a new partnership for SIDS
Project outcome
The project is expected to result in a SIDS Partnership Toolbox, which will include an in-depth analysis of existing partnerships, identified best practices and gaps in implementation, and a set of tools for monitoring and evaluating SIDS partnerships at national, regional and global level.

The SIDS Partnership Toolbox will include the following tools/elements:

  • In-depth SIDS partnership analysis status of existing partnerships, profiles of partners, including contact information, and assessment of gaps in implementation.
  • Conduct monitoring and review of SIDS partnerships - across SDGs and SAMOA Pathway priority areas, as well on a national, regional and global level. Including online tools and templates for assistance.
  • Understanding the partnering process - elements of what constitutes a genuine partnership, what are some best practices, what are some major challenges.
  • Preparing reports for Partnership Dialogues - templates and guidance for preparing input to national, regional, and the annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue.

Outcome from regional partnership dialogues
In assessing partnerships , it is noted that there is an uneven coverage of SAMOA Pathway priority areas, including the current largely environmental focus, uneven distribution across regions, the absence of meaningful private sector engagement, and the lack of baseline data and metrics to thoroughly monitor and assess the impact of partnerships.

Understanding and defining genuine and durable partnerships

The need to better understand, and define, what is meant by a durable and genuine partnership, to examine the lessons learned from successful partnerships, the challenges faced in implementation, and fostering better stakeholder engagement, was also stressed throughout the consultations.

The SMART criteria (SIDS Specific, Measurable & Monitorable, Achievable & Accountable, Resource-based on Results-focused with Timelines for implementation & transparency by all parties) that was established by member States in the lead up to the SIDS Conference in 2014 provides a solid basis for articulating partnership norms, but more specificity may be needed to better understand the components of genuine, durable and effective partnerships.

Raising capacity in developing partnerships

Participants stressed that there is a need to raise the capacity of various stakeholders in the design of genuine and durable partnerships, and to enhance the competency in partnering. This could be achieved through developing learning materials based on best practices, case studies, and lessons learned from existing partnerships.

SIDS Action Platform

The are many different types of partnerships registered in the SIDS Action Platform the online SIDS partnership platform, www.sids2014.org - which might need to be categorized differently. The platform should also clearly indicate the status of partnerships, and archive those that have completed their activities.

It was also suggested that the platform should include a library of partnership best practices and innovations, and overall act as a hub for knowledge sharing.

Proposals to improve the information flow with existing regional networks and coordination mechanisms, and leveraging existing data sources on partnerships, such as the Aid Transparency Initiative and other relevant initiatives and databases, were also highlighted.

Monitoring and review of SIDS partnerships

Each regional consultation emphasized the importance of strengthening the monitoring and review process of SIDS partnerships. Internal monitoring

Monitoring and review should be an integral component of designing partnerships, and evaluation of its intended impact should be done on a regular basis, including assessing baselines, linkages to SAMOA Pathway priority areas and the SDGs.

National, regional and global monitoring

It was suggested that there is a need to improve the information flows and coordination in relation to partnerships between the national, regional and global levels. Practical suggestions to improve reporting included: (i) keeping reporting light and the process easy to use; (ii) including input from implementing partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders; (iii) linking monitoring and review of partnerships with monitoring that is already being undertaken by existing national and regional processes and frameworks; (iv) providing information about the effectiveness and impact of partnerships; (v) moving away from reporting as a one-way communication to exchange of knowledge, with value-added to those reporting; and (vi) developing a strong digital information infrastructure to allow communication among partners and beneficiaries.

Equipped with more up-to-date information on partnership status, challenges, achievements and impacts, the monitoring process could facilitate a more systematic review of partnerships in driving sustainable development in SIDS, both individually and collectively. Better information on intended and actual impact would also shift focus to the quality of partnerships, rather than quantity.

A more thorough and regular global review of SIDS partnerships would enable the annual mandated Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue to focus on sharing best practices, lessons learned, innovations, as well providing a platform for launching new partnerships in line with the priorities of SIDS.

Leaving no one behind

It was suggested that partnerships must be inclusive of all stakeholders, with an increased effort to include NGOs and civil society for maximum buy-in from communities, as well marginalized groups, ensuring no one is left behind. Genuine partnerships are those that bring together all stakeholders from the beginning, ensuring broad ownership in the process. Partnerships need to be accountable to their beneficiaries and maintain dialogue with all partners, including communities, throughout the lifetime of the partnership.

In addition, further involvement of academia can improve the scientific (including social science) basis of partnerships, as well in relation to their design and monitoring. Partnerships must also work closely with national governments to the extent possible. There is also a need to enhance the involvement of the private sector in all regions.
Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS)

The first partnership dialogue was held 22-23 May 2018 in Maritim Resort and Spa, Balaclava, Mauritius, Mauritius, as part of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS).

Structure of dialogue

Session 1: Developing genuine partnerships good practices and lessons learned

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an immense opportunity for all stakeholders to work collaboratively across sectors and thematic areas, forging genuine partnerships for supporting implementation of the SDGs and the SAMOA Pathway. It is therefore imperative to examine what it is that makes a partnership genuine, durable, and most impactful for SIDS.

This session will look at various partnerships for SIDS in AIMS, examining how they have been developed, how the partnerships are governed, what are the leadership roles and partnership evaluation methods, and any challenges in implementation.

Session 2: Identifying and filling the gaps through partnerships for SIDS

As part of the support to the SAMOA mid-term review preparatory process, UN DESA has conducted an initial in-depth analysis, including assessment of gaps, of partnerships that were announced in the context of the SIDS Conference in 2014, as well SIDS relevant voluntary commitments from the 2017 Ocean Conference.

This session will start off with a presentation of the initial analysis on the status of partnerships for SIDS in the AIMS region and provide an opportunity for SIDS to discuss how to address gaps in the SAMOA Pathway priority areas and the SDGs through new genuine and durable partnerships needed for the region.

Session 3: Strengthening the review and monitoring process of partnerships for SIDS

On December 2015, the General Assembly decided , in accordance with paragraph 101 of the Samoa Pathway and in line with the priorities of SIDS, to establish the SIDS Partnership Framework, to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS in order to promote the effective and efficient follow-up to the existing partnerships, in particular new partnerships launched at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS.

The Framework consist of 1) a member States driven Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships (currently chaired by Belize and Ireland), 2) the organization of an annual action-oriented and results-focused Global Multi stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, 3) a standardized partnership reporting process of all stakeholders, and 3) the organization of regional and 4) national SIDS partnership dialogues with support from the United Nations system and the international community.

The session will provide an opportunity to discuss how the processes of the SIDS Partnership Framework related to monitoring progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS, could be strengthened.

Caribbean
calendar
6 August 2018
location
San Pedro, Belize

The Caribbean regional partnership dialogue was held 6 August 2018 in Belize, as part of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean.

Structure of dialogue

The partnership dialogue will include three distinct but inter-related sessions:
  1. Assessing progress with partnerships in the Caribbean good practices and lessons learned
  2. Identifying partnerships to fill the gaps in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway
  3. Strengthening the review and monitoring process of partnerships for SIDS

Session 1: Assessing progress with partnerships in the Caribbean good practices and lessons learned

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an immense opportunity for all stakeholders to work collaboratively across sectors and thematic areas, forging genuine partnerships for supporting implementation of the SDGs and the SAMOA Pathway. It is therefore imperative to examine what it is that makes a partnership genuine, durable, and most impactful for SIDS.

This session will look at various partnerships for SIDS in Caribbean, examining how they have been developed, how the partnerships are governed, what are the leadership roles and partnership evaluation methods, and any challenges in implementation.

Guiding questions

  • What constitutes a genuine and durable partnership for SIDS? How did a partnership start? Where did the idea come from? Who is taking the lead? What process did they go through to develop and set up the partnership?
  • What are the main stakeholders involved? What are the target beneficiaries?
  • How is the partnership structured, managed, governed and funded? What role, if any, does a secretariat play?
  • What are the biggest challenge to the implementation of the objectives of the partnership?
  • What are the things that has worked best, what bright spots can be shared, and what are the critical ingredients to an impactful partnership?

Session 2: Identifying partnerships to fill the gaps in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway

As part of the support to the SAMOA mid-term review preparatory process, UN DESA has conducted an initial in-depth analysis, including assessment of gaps, of partnerships that were announced in the context of the SIDS Conference in 2014, as well SIDS relevant voluntary commitments from the 2017 Ocean Conference.

This session will start off with a presentation of the initial analysis on the status of partnerships for SIDS in the Caribbean region and provide an opportunity for SIDS to discuss how to address gaps in the SAMOA Pathway priority areas and the SDGs through new genuine and durable partnerships needed for the region.

Guiding questions:

  • How can partnerships best address the gaps of the SAMOA Pathway priority areas in the Caribbean region?
  • How can partnerships build on political commitment of SIDS national and regional priorities?
  • In which priority areas of the SAMOA Pathway do we need more partnerships to be forged, for the sustainable development of SIDS in the Caribbean?
  • What type of stakeholders, and sectors, do need to be more involved in partnership arrangements for SIDS in the Caribbean region?

Session 3: Strengthening the review and monitoring process of partnerships for SIDS

On December 2015, the General Assembly decided , in accordance with paragraph 101 of the Samoa Pathway and in line with the priorities of SIDS, to establish the SIDS Partnership Framework, to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS in order to promote the effective and efficient follow-up to the existing partnerships, in particular new partnerships launched at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS.

The Framework consist of 1) a member States driven Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships (currently chaired by Belize and Ireland), 2) the organization of an annual action-oriented and results-focused Global Multi stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, 3) a standardized partnership reporting process of all stakeholders, and 3) the organization of regional and 4) national SIDS partnership dialogues with support from the United Nations system and the international community.

The session will provide an opportunity to discuss how the processes of the SIDS Partnership Framework related to monitoring progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS, could be strengthened.

Guiding questions

  • How can we ensure an action-oriented and results-focused annual Global Multi stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, in line with the priorities of SIDS;
  • How can the current process related to monitoring progress of existing partnerships be improved?
  • How do we ensure the full participation of relevant stakeholders in the monitoring of existing partnerships, while ensuring no one is left behind?
  • How do we encourage the forging and launching of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS?
Pacific

The Pacific regional partnership dialogue was held 20-21 June 2018 in Tonga, as part of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific.

Structure of dialogue

The partnership dialogue will include three distinct but inter-related sessions:

  1. Developing genuine and durable partnerships good practices and lessons learned
  2. Identifying and addressing gaps through partnerships for SIDS
  3. Strengthening the review and monitoring process of partnerships for SIDS

Session 3(a): Developing genuine and durable partnerships good practices and lessons learned

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an immense opportunity for all stakeholders to work collaboratively across sectors and thematic areas, forging genuine partnerships for supporting implementation of the SDGs and the SAMOA Pathway. It is therefore imperative to examine what it is that makes a partnership genuine, durable, and most impactful for SIDS. This session will look at various partnerships for SIDS in Pacific, examining how they have been developed, how the partnerships are governed, what are the leadership roles and partnership evaluation methods, and any challenges in implementation.

Guiding questions

  • How did the partnership start? Where did the idea come from? Who is taking the lead? What process did they go through to develop and set up the partnership?
  • What are the main stakeholders involved? What are the target beneficiaries?
  • How are the partnerships structured and managed? How is it governed and funded? What role, if any, does a secretariat play?
  • What are the biggest challenge to the implementation of the objectives of the partnership?
  • What are the things that has worked best, what bright spots can be shared, and what are the critical ingredients to an impactful partnership?

Session 3(b): Identifying and addressing the gaps through partnerships for SIDS

As part of the support to the SAMOA mid-term review preparatory process, UN DESA has conducted an initial in-depth analysis, including assessment of gaps, of partnerships that were announced in the context of the SIDS Conference in 2014, as well SIDS relevant voluntary commitments from the 2017 Ocean Conference.

This session will start off with a presentation of the initial analysis on the status of partnerships for SIDS in the Pacific region and provide an opportunity for SIDS to discuss how to address gaps in the SAMOA Pathway priority areas and the SDGs through new genuine and durable partnerships needed for the region.

Guiding questions:

    How can partnerships best address the gaps of the SAMOA Pathway priority areas? In which priority areas do we need more partnerships to be forged, for the sustainable development of SIDS in the Pacific region? What type of stakeholders, and sectors, do need to be more involved in partnership arrangements for SIDS in the Pacific region?

Session 3(c): Strengthening the review and monitoring process of partnerships for SIDS

On December 2015, the General Assembly decided , in accordance with paragraph 101 of the Samoa Pathway and in line with the priorities of SIDS, to establish the SIDS Partnership Framework, to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS in order to promote the effective and efficient follow-up to the existing partnerships, in particular new partnerships launched at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS.

The Framework consist of 1) a member States driven Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships (currently chaired by Belize and Ireland), 2) the organization of an annual action-oriented and results-focused Global Multi stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, 3) a standardized partnership reporting process of all stakeholders, and 3) the organization of regional and 4) national SIDS partnership dialogues with support from the United Nations system and the international community.

The session will provide an opportunity to discuss how the processes of the SIDS Partnership Framework related to monitoring progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS, could be strengthened.

Guiding questions

  • How can we ensure an action-oriented and results-focused annual Global Multi stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, in line with the priorities of SIDS;
  • If you are currently coordinating a partnership(s) or involved in any, what lessons could you draw from your experiences to improve review and monitoring?
  • How can the current process related to monitoring progress of existing partnerships be improved?
  • How do we ensure the full participation of relevant stakeholders in the monitoring of existing partnerships, while ensuring no one is left behind?
  • How do we encourage the forging and launching of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS?
Samoa Partnership Dialogue
calendar
29 October 2018
08:30 AM - 05:45 PM
location
Savaii Room

As part of the inter-regional meeting, the Samoa Partnership Dialogue will take place on 29 October 2018 in Apia, Samoa. The Dialogue will build on the outcomes of three regional partnership dialogues, with the overall objective to advance the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in SIDS by increasing the capacity of stakeholders in forging new, genuine and durable multi-stakeholder partnerships, and strengthening the monitoring and review process of partnerships in SIDS

Outcomes
The outcomes of the regional dialogues, and the Samoa Partnership Dialogue, which will be presented to participants at the meeting for feedback, will include the SIDS Partnership Criteria and Norms, a set of proposals for strengthening the monitoring and review of partnerships for SIDS.

To support the outcomes of the regional dialogues, and the Samoa Partnership Dialogue, UN DESA is developing a SIDS Partnership Toolbox, which will be presented for feedback. The Toolbox, which will be available in print and online, will include the in-depth analysis of existing partnerships for SIDS, online learning material based on case studies and best practices of SIDS partnerships, and tools for assisting in the monitoring and review of partnerships for SIDS.

Structure of Dialogue
The Samoa Partnership Dialogue will include both a main plenary segment, and a set of Partnership Networking Exchange sessions.

SIDS Partnership Networking Exchange
The Samoa Partnership Dialogue will include some space for networking among partnership focal points and government officials, for showcasing and discussing partnerships and innovative solutions, and further explore the potential of scaling-up existing, and launch new, partnerships in line with the priorities of SIDS.
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