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Workshop on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, 13.11.2015

On 13th of November 2015, the Research Project D1 organized a workshop on multi-stakeholder partnerships with participants from science, civil society and development cooperation. The workshop was held in order to exchange views on the beta-version of the online platform ‘Partnerships for SDGs’, which was launched by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in September and serves as an open access database to inform stakeholders on initiatives by multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of the sustainable development goals. During the workshop, participants discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the platform. They pointed out that it can serve as part of a larger partnership management, a signpost for partnerships as well as an instrument for peer-learning and mentoring. Further discussion points were the scope and the overall added-value of the platform, requirements and incentives for registration and reporting, and the professionalization of partnerships. The D1 team submitted the outcomes of the workshop to an online survey as part of UNDESA’s stakeholder consultation. Its results will contribute to the development of the final version of the platform, which in turn shall inform the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) about the progress and impact of partnership initiatives.