Get involved Vol 23, No. 04 - April 2019

Be part of something greater than the sum of its parts

Partnership is more than simple cooperation towards a common goal. Partnership is about building shared values and capitalizing on comparative strengths and sharing risks to achieve goals that would be impossible to accomplish alone. Every year, the ECOSOC Partnership Forum provides an opportunity to interact with the world’s most influential thinkers and actors. The Forum engages high-profile representatives from governments and non-state actors for dynamic discussions on how to define and promote effective partnerships and how partnerships can best advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2019 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, to be held at United Nation Headquarters in New York on 11 April, will focus on the theme “Partnerships driving the inclusive implementation of the SDGs.” It will explore how inclusive national partnership platforms can effectively drive the implementation of the SDGs and address existing gaps.

The Forum will also feature innovative examples of partnerships for the SDGs and discuss how to raise the ambition for UN-associated partnerships to make them more effective, accountable and based on results.

Additionally, UN DESA is coordinating a half-day Expert Group Meeting on 12 April to consider the gaps, challenges and good practices learned specifically in regard to implementing SDG 17, which is specifically about partnerships. The output of this multi-stakeholder meeting will inform discussions at the High-level Political Forum in July.

You too can join the global community of action for the SDGs! If you are already working in partnership for the Goals, register it now on UN DESA’s online platform of multi-stakeholder partnerships and start sharing your experiences and progress with the world. Some examples of partnerships from the platform will be highlighted during the Partnership Forum.

If you are still searching for partners, browse the platform’s more than 4,000 partnerships and voluntary commitments to find a cause that you and your organization can get behind. Register now to connect with a community of over 14,000 users and join a vast, vibrant ecosystem of SDG action. Acting together, we can make the future we want a reality.

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