Inclusive Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda

  • GWU School of Business 1957 E Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20052 United States

Hosted by the George Washington University School of Business

Co-hosted by Global CEO Alliance

The Global CEO Alliance, in partnership with the George Washington University School of Business is organizing a side-event to support the U.S. Department of State (Office of Global Partnerships), the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab for Global Partnership Week (GPW) 2017. The side-event will complement the main Forum on the role of public-private partnerships (P3s) in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

The event will have two sessions that will cover the following:

The First session is on Global and Regional perspective on PPP leading to 2030 Agenda. It will present a number of high-level panelists who will engage in a dialogue with the audience on the ‘hows’ and ‘whats’ of PPP and why PPP actors must have a clear indication of what they actually want in partnership to benefit the larger community it purports to serve. The session will amplify all fundamentals of PPP as well as the complementing factors that directly contribute to leadership, knowledge acquisition and transfer, and capacity building for sustainable development and investment opportunities.

Finding solutions via public private partnerships requires the private sector, multi-laterals, industry associations, governments and civil society groups to work together to achieve net positive impacts. Faced with entrenched, complex challenges and legacy issues, PPPs are an important example of collective efforts required to address disruptions facing modern societies. While each stakeholder has much to offer and much to gain, each faces unique challenges in identifying and collaborating on sustainable solutions. This panel explores how thought leadership and cohesive effort have positively impacted PPPs and how PPPs can address critical SDG challenges going forward. The discussion will cover key areas of policy design and coordination, essence of political stability, concrete legal framework, accountability, strengths and limitations of PPP modality, among others.

The Second session is on Inclusive Partnerships where panelists will discuss and think through the Innovative Partnering Cycle - how to set up, build trust, understand the needs of different partners and stakeholders, agreement, manage and implement, and lastly assess/evaluate the partnership within the environment that call for urgency and immediate response to critical development areas of the 2030 Agenda. The session will cover the larger inclusive scope of partnership and how it will gravitate towards the implementation of SDG 17. It will cover pivotal contribution of multi-stakeholders in the promotion and implementation of joint collaboration and inclusive partnerships towards Sustainable Development. The session will be participated in by senior executives from private sector George Washington University, Network of Cities, among others.