The Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) of the Graduate Institute of Geneva has organised an online event to mark the formal end of the Effectiveness of Partnerships project, which has been hosted at the Centre since Fall 2017 with the support of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS).

The event, which will be accessible through Webex, will take place on 16 November 2020 from 18.30 to 19.30. Building upon on the findings of the SNIS-funded project, ‘Are Global Partnerships Effective in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?‘ will explore the mechanisms through which partnerships’ impacts are brought about and identify policy-relevant lessons for establishing and implementing effective sustainability partnerships.

Among the speakers will be Mr Rolph Payet (Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions), Mr Juan Luis Coderque Galligo (Head of New Financing Models at the International Committee of the Red Cross) and Prof Gilbert Probst (Director of the PPP Research Centre of the University of Geneva and Chairman of the Board of the Banque Cantonale de Genève), as well as the co-coordinators of the Effectiveness of Partnerships project, Prof Liliana Andonova (Academic Co-Director of the Centre for International Environmental Studies) and Prof Gilles Carbonnier (Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross).

The event will be held fully online and will be accessible via Webex at this link:

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As the challenges facing the global community become more complex and interdependent, global partnerships between public and non-State actors have gained momentum as an essential element of governance across scales and levels. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships as a key means of implementation of the its seventeen Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development also identifies them as important tools to complement the action of governments in the mobilisation and dissemination of knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources.

Despite the anticipated effects of partnerships, however, we still have limited knowledge on the extent to which the expectations attached to past and current initiatives have materialised. In the context of the international community’s efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda, addressing the question of partnership effectiveness remains therefore a challenge of great theoretical and policy significance. With the help of high-level practitioners from different issue areas and leading researchers involved in the Effectiveness of Partnerships project, the event will particularly seek to discuss how existing global partnerships are impacting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, how this impact varies across sectors, how success and failure in current partnership arrangements can be assessed, and whether recent initiatives such as the Partnerships for SDGs online platform and the SDG Indicator Framework are sufficient for monitoring the implementation of sustainable development partnerships.

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