Multi-stakeholder partnerships for 2030 Agenda implementation during the pandemic

May 6, 2021

Multi-stakeholder partnerships for 2030 Agenda implementation during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had great impacts on social, environmental and economic dimensions of countries worldwide. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are an engine that drives compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the 193 Member States in 2015.


Context and Objective

Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, participated in the 2021 Partnerships Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and highlighted the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in responding to the pandemic. He highlighted that “we must work together” and that “COVAX was the best example of teamwork because governments, the private sector, philanthropy and other actors came together for a good cause: vaccine justice; the opportunity for low-income countries to access vaccines for no one to be left behind”.


When the 2030 Agenda was adopted, governments made a commitment to build a more sustainable future and “transform the world”. World leaders called on countries and various actors to work together in multi-stakeholder partnerships. 


In 2019, the United Nations launched the Decade of Action to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. COVID-19 then emerged as an unprecedented pandemic that disruptively delayed its implementation. “The pandemic forced us to work on two different agendas: 1) an urgent agenda to respond in the short term and 2) a recovery and response agenda to Build Forward Better in countries after the pandemic”, said Schönrock.

So what should be done to get the 2030 Agenda on track? Schönrock shares four points: 


Plans need to be based on reliable, up-to-date and disaggregated data. Cepei is producing visualizations and dashboards with open data to understand the effects of the pandemic in the world. The COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre was created from multi-stakeholder partnerships to support decision-making in the face of the pandemic in low- and middle-income countries.


Working together. This means that the principle of “leaving no one behind” must be adhered to.


The regional layer is critical. Understand the challenges and situations of different countries. Cepei supports the regional reform of the United Nations to promote active participation from different sectors. 


Stakeholders must invest in scientific evidence. Establish a dialogue between the scientific and the traditional to contribute holistically to sustainable development.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships call us to work together so as not to leave no one behind

Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei


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