Thematic debate and Forum on Partnerships

Strengthening the global partnerships for sustainable development for the post-2015 development agenda will be the main topic of a thematic debate and Forum on Partnerships jointly convened by the President of the General Assembly Mr. John Ashe, and the President of the Economic and Social Council, Mr. Martin Sajdik which will take place from 9 to 10 April at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The thematic debate and forum on partnerships will feature three consecutive, interactive, multiĀ]stakeholder panel discussions on 9 April 2014 and two on 10 April. The event is being organized by UN DESA in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the UN Global Compact.

Member States will participate, including at Ministerial level, alongside senior representatives of private sector companies, UN agencies, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

The two-day event is expected to generate innovative policy ideas and models for multi-stakeholder partnerships that can contribute to the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The Presidents of the General Assembly and ECOSOC will issue a summary at the conclusion of the event which will be made available to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing.

The joint thematic debate/ forum on partnerships, hosted by the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Economic and Social Council, will focus on ways in which partnerships can accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and support the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The event will bring together leading public and private sector leaders, philanthropists, prominent civil society actors and academia representatives from across the globe to generate ideas and action-oriented solutions on ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships can contribute to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Three interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussions and two partnership sessions will take place over the two days. The panel discussions will address key lessons learned since the signing of the Millennium declaration in 2000, stimulate continued collaboration with businesses, civil society and other actors beyond the year 2015, and consider ways for a more effective framework for monitoring the implementation of global development goals. The partnership sessions will focus on ways that multi-stakeholder partnerships can promote food and nutritional security and marine resources, and scale up partnership opportunities in sustainable infrastructure.

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