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ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

New York
28 May, 2015

On 28 May, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will bring together a wide range of stakeholders for its 2015 Annual Partnerships Forum “The role of Partnerships in achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Making it Happen.”

This year’s discussions and program will focus on how partnerships can engage and support international sustainable development. As in year’s past, the goal is to create an interactive dialogue where participants discuss fresh ideas and new thinking on ways in which partnerships can support the implementation of a new development agenda.

The event will bring together representatives from governments, the UN system, businesses, foundations, civil society, and academia, all of whom have a vested interest in shaping an effective and potentially game-changing Post-2015 development agenda.

Outcomes from the forum, including ‘key messages’ from the dialogues and policy options for Member States will be reported back to the Council’s high-level segment during its 2015 substantive session in July and will inform the Special Summit on the Post-2015 to be held in September 2015.

The morning session will focus on catalysing partnerships for health systems strengthening. The program will build on the 5 December 2014, ECOSOC Special Meeting on “Ebola: A Threat to Sustainable Development,” which highlighted the need to link emergency response to longer-term efforts to strengthen health systems.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, Regional Director of Africa, WHO, and Mr. Jeffrey Wright, Actor and Founder of the Ebola Survival Fund. The session will include Ministers of Health from a number of African countries and will be moderated by Professor Paul Farmer, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, Co-Founder of Partners in Health.

The afternoon session, entitled “Partnerships for the Post 2015 Era: Reality Check” will expand on ECOSOC’s 27th February Special Meeting on Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Models: Making them work for the post 2015 Agenda which explored critical issues related to measurement and alignment. This session will convey ideas on ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships can support the implementation of the new development agenda, including through lessons-learned from Millennium Development Goals partnerships, opportunities for catalyzing new initiatives, and measuring results. Featured speakers include Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, as well as Rolf-Dieter Heurer, Director-General, CERN who will share insight into how issues such as science can be a cross-cutting tool for implementing and devising partnerships as part of the development agenda.

Detailed Information
Date 28 May, 2015
Location New York
External Link http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/partnership2015/index.shtml