International Conference on Public Private Partnerships
The Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System (JIU) will host and co-organise, with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), an International Conference on "Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, Conference Room XVII, between 10 and 12 April 2018.
The Conference will be an open event focused on the JIU report on the United Nations – private sector partnership arrangements and will give the participants the occasion to take part in expert and action oriented debates on how to improve the contributions of the private sector to the 2030 Agenda and strengthen partnerships.
The focus of the Conference will be “Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and it is conceived as an expression of a participatory, open and multi-stakeholder approach that underlies the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Both JIU and WASD are inspired by the conviction that the 2030 Agenda and its 17 goals provide momentum for a renewed UN engagement with the private sector. The debates will be organised in a triangular format, in which the private sector representatives will be given a particular attention, together with the Unites Nations organisations and academia/ thinks tanks.
Two flagship documents will be officially launched during the Geneva Conference.
The first one is the system-wide report of JIU entitled “The United Nations – private sector partnerships arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report is expected to address to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to the Executive Heads of the United Nations system organisations, funds and programmes, and specialised agencies, a set of recommendations aimed at improving the current legal, administrative and information framework that govern the partnerships with the private sector. A special chapter of the JIU report will be devoted to the United Nations Global Compact, and it will be accompanied by recommendations intended to strengthen and clarify the role of this organisation in the years to come. The other document is the 2018 World Sustainable Development Outlook, which will contain analyses and case studies of a whole range of activities and partnerships related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the perspective of practitioners and researchers.
The thematic panels of the Conference will cover both institutional aspects and specific SDGs and interactive discussions will be allowed and encouraged in all of them.