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The report of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (May 2013) describes the forging of a new global partnership — to bring a new sense of global partnership into national and international politics — as perhaps the most important transformative shift for the post-2015 development agenda.

This must provide a fresh vision and framework, based on our common humanity and the principles established at Rio. Included among those principles: universality, equity, sustainability, solidarity, human rights, the right to development and responsibilities shared in accordance with capabilities. The partnership should capture, and will depend on, a spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit.

The components of the new global partnerships are:

  • a shared, common vision, one that allows different solutions for different contexts but is uniformly ambitious;
  • From vision comes a plan for action, at the level of the individual country and of smaller regions, cities or localities. Each needs to contribute and cooperate to secure a better future.
  • A new global partnership should engage1 National governments of all countries, Local authorities, International institutions, Business, Civil society organisations, Philanthropists, Social impact investors, Scientists and academics, People – all sitting at the table to go beyond aid to discuss a truly international framework of policies to achieve sustainable development. It should move beyond the MDGs’ orientation of state-to-state partnerships between high-income and low-income governments to be inclusive of more players.
  • A new global partnership should have new ways of working – a clear process through which to measure progress towards goals and targets and to hold people accountable for meeting their commitments. The United Nations can take the lead on monitoring at the global level, drawing on information from national and local governments, as well as from regional dialogues. Partnerships in each thematic area, at global, national and local levels, can assign responsibilities and accountabilities for putting policies and programmes in place.

Source: Report of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (May 2013) (pages 9-10).

Note that the Rio Principles (1992) are rather biased towards state-to-state partnerships.

See the Actor maps page for an (incomplete) list of actors and their roles in the various economic activities and functions of government.

This video is part of the UNITAR-UNDG on-line course Preparing for Action National Briefing Package: The 2030 Agenda and SDGs (Requires registration, see also: Capacity for Agenda 2030 - Empower National Governments and Their Partners to Mainstream, Implement and Review Agenda 2030).


Assuming that all participate in the Global Partnership, the new ways of working could become effective in all economic activities and in all functions of government.

It is a goal of this Actor Atlas to catalyse the creation of online smart communication channels to all participants of a Global Partnership. This is explored in the Architecting the Post 2015 Partnership.


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