Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda

Time to reconsider their role in implementation
  • “Partnership” is a misleading term to cover every type of engagement between UN entities and non-State actors.
  • It promotes a false sense of equality. Lumping CSOs and corporate actors together according to their non-State status ignores the profound differences in their orientation, interests and accountability.
  • Before considering ways to enhance the effectiveness of partnerships between UN entities and non-State actors and establishing a system-wide delivery support, more fundamental questions should be addressed.
  • This Background Note poses necessary questions and offers perspectives both from the work of Global Policy Forum as well as from previous proposals on partnerships offered by some Member States.

By Barbara Adams and Jens Martens

Published by: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Global Policy Forum

New York, May 2016