Inclusive partnerships – ‘the only way’ to deliver SDGs effectively

BRUSSELS, Belgium – 4 June 2015 – Inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships are the way to deliver the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-2015, assert civil society and government representatives in a joint side event during the European Development Days (EDD15) in Brussels. The event comes at a critical point as the world gears for the adoption of a global post-2015 development agenda.

“Inclusive partnerships allow for the meaningful participation of relevant stakeholders including civil society organisations (CSOs) and the citizens they represent,” said Patricia Akakpo, Co-Chair of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).

“It’s the only way to go, if we are to deliver the promise of sustainable development for all,” she added.

‘The partnership we need’

The event seeks to promote the multi-stakeholder partnership model of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) to illustrate how such partnerships can work. “The GPEDC is a unique partnership that is inclusive and a prime example of what we need to deliver the effective cooperation to achieve the SDGs,” said Reina Buijs, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, the Netherlands.

The GPEDC is a multi-stakeholder body formed after the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness (HLF4) that addresses the “how” of the post-2015 development agenda. Its 24-member steering committee is composed of a wide range of stakeholders including government, private sector, trade unions and civil society representatives.

The session also examined how the European Commission (EC) can contribute to ensuring that stakeholders can actively participate in the decision-making and implementation of development cooperation programmes. As Co-Chair of the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment (Task Team) Modibo Makalou stated, “When development actors – with their distinct and complementary roles –join forces and coordinate their development efforts, their overall effectiveness is enhanced.”

Paola Simonetti of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) further pointed out that a human rights-based approach should also serve as a guiding principle in order for inclusive partnerships to work in the post-2015 era.

“A Multi-stakeholder partnership such as social dialogue is indispensable if we are to reduce inequality and support inclusive development,” she added.

The side event was designed as a brainstorming session to assess the kind of global partnership needed to deliver the SDGs. It is co-organized by the CPDE, the GPEDC, and the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment.

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