President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States of America, delivers the keynote address at the opening of the 2015 ECOSOC Partnerships Forum on "The role of partnerships in achieving the post-2015 development agenda: making it happen". UN Photo/Rick Bajornas 

Partnerships among governments, businesses, civil society, parliamentarians, academics, international organizations and philanthropic institutions will shape the transformative course of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. ECOSOC offers an essential forum for bringing partners together to debate, think, plan and develop solutions to implement the agenda, including through special multistakeholder dialogues that have become integral to a number of ECOSOC meetings.

Today’s sustainable development challenges are complex, requiring integrated responses that in many cases depend on many different people working together, including to leverage knowledge and funding. ECOSOC is the UN gateway for participation by the full range of non-governmental partners. It is also, through its annual meetings, functional and regional commissions, and coordinating role in the UN development system, equipped to bring together diverse constituents on the full range of issues related to sustainable development. 

Through ECOSOC, UN Member States and other stakeholders also assess varied strategies and innovations that contribute to effective partnerships for sustainable development. The Council encourages mutual learning and dialogue on partnership issues aligned with both national and global development priorities, including topics related to enhanced coordination, governance, reporting, review and implementation.

The Partnerships Forum brings leaders from business, private foundations and civil society together with government representatives to define practical actions and new forms of collaboration to achieve sustainable development.