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Concept note - Harnessing the contributions of civil society to sustainable development

Harnessing the contributions of civil society to sustainable development
3 May 2012 - 3 May 2012
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

New York, ECOSOC Chamber, NLB

Sustainable development is the bridge, between environmental, economic and social goals, north and south, between Governments, civil society and business, between science and policy, and between policy and action.

To that end, partnerships for sustainable development ? voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable development ? were an important outcome of Summits and Conferences on sustainable development held in the 1990s and early 2000s, and an important complement to governmental action. Partnerships enable all stakeholders to make concrete contributions to the implementation of sustainable development goals and commitments outlined in international agreements.

The need to engage civil society actors in the work of the United Nations has steadily grown over the last few decades with the realization that while in the past many issues used to be treated as national or regional are now global in scope and impossible for any one nation-state to control or address on its own. At the same time, these issues are linked in their causes and impacts and require more holistic, integrated approaches to problem-solving. Today?s many development challenges can no longer be tackled in isolation from each other. Tackling them more holistically requires new skills, competencies and resources and, above all, new types of cooperation.

Please read more in the concept note, accessible from the right side of this page.

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