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Workshop on Partnerships Best Practices and their Contribution to Rio+20
14 Dec 2011 - 14 Dec 2011
New York, UNHQ

A Workshop on partnerships best practices and their possible contribution to Rio+20 took place on 14 December at the UN Headquarters in New York organized by the UNCSD Secretariat. It benefited from the participation of approximately 60 representatives from Governments, CSD registered Partnerships, academic and research institutions, Major Groups and the UN system.

The workshop aimed to have an initial discussion regarding the elements that could be addressed at the Partnerships Forum during Rio+20 as called by the UN General Assembly resolution A/C.2/66/L.59. It also offered an important opportunity for a dynamic, engaged and interactive discussion regarding the role of partnerships in advancing the implementation of sustainable development.

Notable speakers at the workshop included Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the 1972 UN Conference on Human Environment and the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Amir Dossal, former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and current Chairman of the Global Partnership Forum, and Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, UNCSD Secretariat.

Discussions addressed issues related to lessons learned since WSSD, in particular what has worked and what has not in establishing, developing, fostering and maintaining partnerships for the implementation of sustainable development. Participants also discussed how challenges in partnering and in implementing sustainable development through partnerships have been resolved or addressed as well as what better accountability measures could be established to monitor progress. Exchanges of views took place on the key characteristics for ensuring the viability and success of partnerships.

Partnerships such as the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SloCat), The Mountain Partnership and the Global Partnership on Sustainable Tourism made brief presentations addressing efforts to replicate and scaling up best practices.

Participants also discussed ways to enhance the consideration of Partnerships at Rio+20 as well as potential actions that the Conference could take to continue strengthening partnerships as an effective implementation mechanism post-Rio.

Preparations for the Partnerships Forum will continue during the preparatory process of Rio+20, inviting the participation of a broad range of stakeholders.

A summary of the discussions will be available shortly. Please access photographs of the session on the right side of this page.

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