Partnership building to achieve the 2030 Agenda

May 31, 2021

Partnership building to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Since the designation of António Guterres as Secretary General of the United Nations in 2017, the UN has shown great interest in transforming its Development System (UNDS) for countries to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by 2030. 

In Guterres’s words: “The real reform’s test will be measured in the tangible results in the lives of the people we serve and in the confidence of those who sustain our work”. However, doing so becomes challenging.


Context and Objective

In the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment, Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, assured that “building partnerships with stakeholders that don’t belong to the United Nations system is now a critical mission”. The UN and Member States need to address the cross-border dimensions of the SDGs more effectively. 


“Cross-regional collaboration is essential to reach the 2030 Agenda goals more efficiently and effectively,” said Schönrock during the session. Knowledge-producing multi-stakeholder partners are necessary to create a sustainable future.


During two years of consultations, Cepei identified possible ways to strengthen the regional layer of the United Nations. We visited five regions to understand their specificity, mapped the regional assets of the UN Development System (UNDS), and produced five reports on the regional reform.


The actions proposed by Cepei for the next nine years support the need for the UN to reform, as proposed by the Secretary General:


Focusing on two critical strategies: First, collaboration within the UNDS; Second, building partnerships with stakeholders outside the United Nations, including private and civil society organizations. 


Empower coalitions to become SDGs incubators, providing joint actions in an integrated way.


Implement a cross-regional complementarity approach in Regional Collaboration Platforms to determine if collaboration between regions is more effective than a region-by-region approach.


Hold regional collaboration platforms accountable to Member States for delivering results on the ground.


The United Nations Development Coordination Office (DCO) should be an intermediary between the regional and national levels.

Cross-regional collaboration is essential to implement the 2030 Agenda goals more efficiently and effectively.

Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei


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