Working effectively with multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral partnerships

Sustainable Development Goal n. 17 calls to “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”. As stated in the Partnerships for SDGs - 2016 Special Report1, Goal 17 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. Goal 17 further seeks to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
HLCM, as a body responsible for improved efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of the UN System, has a key role in ensuring that the appropriate mechanisms are in place for collaboration around funding, reporting standards, information flow, and data compatibility. Furthermore, new accountability models and reporting frameworks will need to be established and put in place. These are areas of work that HLCM is well placed to lead, both from a policy and an implementation perspectives.

Within the UN system, several actors have for many years carried out their mandates also thanks to their convening role as derived from institutional partnerships, sometimes integrated in their governance structure. Outside of the UN system, and with the UN system as a key partner, entities such as the Global Fund and the GAVI Alliance have excelled at delivering results in their areas of responsibility, with strong public and private partnerships as a crucial enabler of their action.

The Sustainable development Agenda will herald an expansion of stakeholders and, as new partnerships move forward, it becomes increasingly important to design and put in place operational frameworks and procedures to ensure the smooth establishment, functioning and control of partnership arrangements with the widest range of public and private actors.

CEB has translated these considerations in its Common Principle n. 6 - Leveraging Partnerships: “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires broad-based multi-stakeholder coalitions and inclusive and participatory approaches by which communities, civil society and the private sector actively and systematically participate in the process of promoting sustainable development and sustaining peace. The UN system will work more proactively with partners at the regional, sub-regional, national and local levels to capitalize on synergies for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda”.

Consultations with HLCM members have also indicated a clear consensus to give priority attention to the subject of Partnerships in the new Strategic Plan, and for HLCM to play an active role to enable the smooth collaboration with different stakeholders and to respond to the demand for the UN system to “become a catalyst for new multi-stakeholder partnerships”2.

HLCM, as a body responsible for improved efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of the UN System, has a key role in ensuring that the appropriate mechanisms are in place for collaboration around funding, reporting standards, information flow, and data compatibility. Furthermore, new accountability models and reporting frameworks will need to be established and put in place. These are areas of work that HLCM is well placed to lead, both from a policy and an implementation perspectives.

Initially, HLCM will function as a body for collecting and sharing best practices and innovative solutions in management areas, including collaboration with other pillars. Furthermore, obstacles to collaboration with non-traditional partners will have to be identified and removed, and the Committee and its Networks will work towards the creation of new mechanisms for efficient partnerships where a need is identified.

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Megatrends, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 16/04/2017
Action on System-wide semantic framework (XML) for document management, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 28/07/2016
Action on One set of principles and follow up to CEB’s mandates, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 28/07/2016
Action on Human Resources for the 2030 Agenda, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 28/07/2016
Action on Urbanization and Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016

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The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Financing for Sustainable Development, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 08/05/2014
Action on Programme Matters, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 08/11/2012
Action on 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) , Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 13/04/2012
Action on World Summit on Sustainable Development, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 01/11/2003
Action on Financing for Development and Strategies for Sustainable Development, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 09/11/2002

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Megatrends, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 16/04/2017
Action on Urbanization and Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on Small Island Developing States, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 10/12/2014
Action on Youth Employment, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 10/12/2014

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The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on One set of principles and follow up to CEB’s mandates, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 28/07/2016
Action on Human Resources for the 2030 Agenda, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 28/07/2016
Action on System-wide semantic framework (XML) for document management, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 28/07/2016

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 32nd Session (October 2016, Paris) (CEB/2016/5), High-Level Committee on Management - Session report posted: 30/11/2016
Report of 31st session (March 2016, Geneva) (CEB/2016/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 08/06/2016
Report of 32nd session (September 2016, New York) (CEB/2016/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 01/12/2016
First Session Report (April 2001, Nairobi) (ACC/2001/4), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
First Session Report (April 1999, Geneva) (ACC/1999/4), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011

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The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

First Session Report (April 2001, Nairobi) (ACC/2001/4), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
First Session Report (April 1999, Geneva) (ACC/1999/4), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
Second Report (November 2002, New York) (CEB/2002/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
Second Report (October 2003, New York) (CEB/2003/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
First Session Report (April 2003, Paris) (CEB/2003/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 28/11/2011

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The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 31st session (March 2016, Geneva) (CEB/2016/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 08/06/2016
Report of 32nd session (September 2016, New York) (CEB/2016/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 01/12/2016
Report of Intersessional meeting (July 2003, Geneva), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 11/02/2013
Report of 5th session (March 2003, Rome) (CEB/2003/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 11/02/2013
Report of 3rd Session (March 2002, New York) (CEB/2002/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 11/02/2013

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The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 32nd Session (October 2016, Paris) (CEB/2016/5), High-Level Committee on Management - Session report posted: 30/11/2016
Report of 23rd Session (March 2012, Madrid) (CEB/2012/3), High-Level Committee on Management - Session report posted: 27/04/2012

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2015, New York), United Nations Development Group - Session report posted: 10/08/2016
Annual Overview Report (July 2000, New York) (E/2000/53), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 28/11/2011
Annual Overview Report (July 2013, New York) (E/2014/69), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 11/06/2014
Annual Overview Report (July 2012, New York) (E/2012/67), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 13/06/2012
Annual Overview Report (July 2011, Geneva) (E/2011/104), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Report posted: 06/02/2012
Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs, CEB Secretariat - Excerpt posted: 16/11/2016
Working together for poverty eradication and sustainable development, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 06/12/2011
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 12/12/2014
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change (Spanish version), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 12/12/2014
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change (Spanish version), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 01/12/2014

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Statement of the Prime Minister of Samoa at the CEB High-level Side Event, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 01/10/2014
CEB High-level Side Event: Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 19/08/2014
Statement of the Secretary-General at the CEB High-level Side Event, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 01/10/2014
Risk and Resilience, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 24/01/2018
Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 05/07/2012
SIDS, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 18/08/2014
Millennium Development Goals, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 10/07/2012

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Statement of the Prime Minister of Samoa at the CEB High-level Side Event, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 01/10/2014
CEB High-level Side Event: Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 19/08/2014
Statement of the Secretary-General at the CEB High-level Side Event, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Flyers posted: 01/10/2014

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