Mr. Thomas Gass Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs

Partnership Exchange

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure that I deliver these closing remarks of the first ever Partnership Exchange special event. This event is held at a unique time, on the margins of the first meeting of High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the transformative 2030 Agenda.

On behalf of DESA, I thank all delegations and all participants for being here today. We are also very grateful for having heard several reflective and inspiring remarks from member States – many of whom are taking part in this year’s first national voluntary reviews at the High-level Political Forum. Your active contribution to the global review process of the 2030 Agenda is truly a landmark, and highly appreciated.

I also thank our organizing partner, the UN Office for Partnerships and the special adviser of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Dr. David Nabarro, for his inspiring address and support. And, I thank the UN Global Compact for actively contributing to this special event by announcing our joint initiative “Partnership for SDGs”. This initiative – developed as a direct response to member states – will look at ways to improve the transparency, accountability, sharing of experiences, review and monitoring of multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Throughout the day, we have heard updates and stories from 25 innovative partnerships on a range of issues and SDGs – including how they tackle the challenges to leave no one behind.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has successfully capitalized on the ambition of all stakeholders to advance, together, towards an inclusive and sustainable future. The plethora of multi-stakeholder partnerships in the 21st century is a reflection of this ambition.

More than ever, partnerships are expected to continue to support government-led actions in realizing sustainable development. Unlocking the vast knowledge and expertise that these partnerships and partners collaboratively possess, holds the key to effectively supporting the achievement of the SDGs.

By listening to today’s many interesting presentations, it is clear that we are on the right track. By working together we can forge new and innovative partnerships, and overcome the challenges, and opportunities before us .

Without a doubt, the 2030 Agenda will require an intensified collaboration of all states, all organizations, and all people. It will require a commitment to the people and children of this world, that the 2030 Agenda is not just a new deal among nations, but a solemn promise to its people.

Let us make this shared vision of humanity our common cause.

Thank you very much.

The meeting is adjourned.

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