Partnering for Impact to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

#17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The meeting consisted of a panel discussion on the importance of partnerships in relation to the goal of achieving the SDGs. The panel discussion opened with Mr. Ibrahim Mayaki, and his organization NEPAD is the lead organization in Africa to implement programs across sectors. He explained that the organization is looking at the lens through wealth creation rather than poverty alleviation.  He stated that the emerging trends on which we can reflect are significant improvements in public finance management, prioritizing domestic resource mobilization, and engagement with the private sector. He concluded with the remark that a high participation of the civil society and private sector has a director effect on partnerships, and that the UN development system has to play a leading role to ensure partnerships are genuine and balanced.

The second speaker in the panel was Mr. Sayed Aga, and he said that partnership is an unquestionable and important part of the 2030 Agenda, as the SDGs require massive resources. He stated that the Islamic Development Bank is blending grand resources with banks, and that loan power will be the way forward to address challenges that the SDGs have identified. He also stated that significant investment in the youth is necessary to achieve sustainability. The future workforce will not look for employment alone, but also entrepreneurial opportunities.

Another notable speaker was Ms. Lise Kingo, who announced that over 8,000 companies participate in UN Global Compact, and that working with businesses can provide input into achieving the partnership’s goals. For example, she stated that the CEOs at last month’s meeting suggested that to scale partnerships, the UN should assume greater risks and speak the language of business. After the panelists spoke, the floor was open for delegates to comment and ask questions.

Meeting: Operational activities of the United Nations for international development cooperation: Follow-up to policy recommendations of the General Assembly and the Council. Panel discussion on “Partnership approaches: How to ensure accountability, coherence and evaluation of impact?”

Date/Location: Wednesday February 24, 2016, 10:00 – 13:00; Trusteeship Council Chamber

Speakers: Moderator Mr. Amir Dossal, Founder and Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum Panellists; Mr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, New Partnership for Africa’s Development, African Union; Mr. Sayed Aqa, Vice-President for Cooperation and Capacity Development, Islamic Development Bank; Ms. Lise Kingo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact; Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and InterAgency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Written By: WIT Representative Kangho (Paul) Jung

Edited By: WIT Representative Alex Margolick

Photo Credit: United Nations

Goals to Reality: Implementation of the SDGs

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The meeting consisted of a panel discussion on ethics and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The first speaker of the panel was Mr. Jan Eliasson, who gave an overview of the SDGs and discussed the methods of achieving these goals in the new year. He stated the three pillars of the United Nations are peace, security, and human rights. He explained that the 2030 agenda is a 21st century declaration of interdependence, intended to promote human well being, advance gender equality, and support construction of stronger institutions that are inclusive of all societies.

The second speaker of the panel was Mr. Rapil Zhoshybayev, who stated that sustainability and ethics have now become a concern of every sector of human society, and that to achieve social justice, we must all abide by our own moral compass. He also declared that in the 21st century, successful countries would not be distinguished by their arsenals and weapons, but by their ability to form partnerships and work in coalition.

Another notable speaker was Ms. Lisa Kingo, who discussed her organization UN Global Compact, an initiative that began 15 years ago with a challenge for business leaders to act on the SDGs. It has grown to be the largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 8,000 corporate participants, coming equally from developed and developing countries. She explained that global challenges, such as those regarding food or crises, are in need of the private sector. She stated that UN Global Compact is beneficial to the companies as well; SDGs are a major driver of the markets of tomorrow, unleashing waves of innovative sustainable products, and companies can leverage the SDGs for growth. After the keynote address and the panelist speakers, the floor was open to questions from the delegates and audience.

Meeting: Panel discussion on “Ethics and the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” (organized by the Permanent Mission of Panama, in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Palau and Qatar)

Date/Location: Wednesday January 13, 2015, 10:00 – 13:00; Trusteeship Council Chamber

Speakers: Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN; Mr. Rapil Zhoshybayev, first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan; Ms. Lisa Kingo, executive director of Global Compact; Ambassador Oh Joon, president of ECOSOC; Mr. Cobus De Swardt, managing director of Transparency International

Written By: WIT Representative Kangho (Paul) Jung

Edited By: WIT Representative Alex Margolick

Photo Credit: Coverage of Live Stories and Press