A new development agenda   

The International Forum on Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development will be held shortly after the 70th United Nations General Assembly, during which the post 2015 development targets will be officially adopted. In the framework of this new development agenda, the Forum will explore how public-private partnerships can contribute to the advancement of these new Sustainable Development Objectives, particularly at the local level. 

Business engagement 

The success of this new Agenda will require a re-definition and enhanced deployment of the multi-partner approach to development. Business engagement, and the close collaboration between public and private bodies will be essential in the achievement of these new goals. 

Governments, acting in concert, will need to lead, but a truly effective global partnership will have to enlist as active partners all of society, including the business sector, which is the main driver of global economic growth and job creation, and also a major source of the technologies needed to address global problems. (Progress Report A/67/941 of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals)

 

Collaborative partnerships

The idea of collaborative, global partnership is central to the new Agenda. Indeed, as part of the 17th Goal "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development ", one target is to mobilise multi-stakeholder partnerships:

Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

This Forum provides a unique space to reflect on how these partnerships can be implemented, especially at the local level. The conditions for an enabling environment for public-private partnerships will be discussed during parallel sessions addressing the judicial and financial aspects of public-private partnerships. The advantages and modalities of PPPs in the sectors of transport, energy, water and sanitation and waste management will be explored through the analysis of concrete examples, during the Good Practices Forum. This Forum is a compelling and innovative contribution to the multi-partner approach to development. 

 

> This international platform is the first to examine the link between Sustainable Development Goals and public-private parternships at the local level.