The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the need for inclusive participation and effective stakeholder engagement for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Founded on a spirit of global solidarity, the Agenda is a call to action for all stakeholders in all countries to implement, in collaboration, the Sustainable Development Goals. It pledges to place people at center of dialogue and development action, particularly those often left behind, and seeks to do so in ways that are inclusive, collaborative and transformative.
Effective stakeholder engagement and partnerships are a means to that end. This thematic area points to resources on stakeholder engagement for the 2030 Agenda and partnership development.
Effective stakeholder engagement allows people to be involved in the decisions that affect them and has positive outcomes for governance, transparency and accountability. Where stakeholders are engaged in decision-making, decisions are more likely to be sustainable from economic social and environmental perspectives.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships are a manifestation of high levels of engagement and catalyze the sharing and mobilization of knowledge, expertise, resources and technology to support the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda. Multi-stakeholder partnerships involve more than just collaborating and conducting ad hoc projects. They move beyond responsibility for independent result to a relationship that involves co-creation, shared risks and responsibilities, interdependency and the potential to create the transformations needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Stakeholder engagement and partnerships are being viewed with renewed interest since the inception of the global goals, but countries in Asia and the Pacific, as in other regions, often lack enabling frameworks for public participation, guidelines for effective partnerships and technical capacity.
To fill this gap, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) are facilitating integrated planning and capacity building at the national and regional levels to enhance stakeholder engagement in the context of the 2030 Agenda. By building on tested methodologies, their efforts seek to improve participation in and ownership of planning, implementation and follow-up and review processes of the SDGs.
Together with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), ESCAP has also prepared guidelines on multi-stakeholder partnerships to support member states in the region to develop, strengthen and leverage partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs.
Tools and Methodologies
- ESCAP and and IAP2's Stakeholder Engagement Planning and Assessment Tool-This stakeholder engagement planning and assessment tool has three integrated elements: four “dimensions” of meaningful stakeholder engagement for the 2030 Agenda; a framework of indicators of meaningful stakeholder engagement; and an assessment guide. The tool responds to the need for a practical way to describe meaningful stakeholder engagement, and to identify gaps that need to be filled. The tool has been developed under a partnership of ESCAP and the International Association for Public Participation.
- A preliminary framework for planning and assessment of quality engagement: Benefiting from work done at a multi-stakeholder workshop in August 2017, the framework captures four key dimensions of engagement and presents a preliminary set of indicators for the planning and assessment of engagement processes for the 2030 Agenda.
- IAP2 Spectrum of public participation – One of several tools to design quality engagement
- Other IAP2 resources
- Partnering for Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Multi-stakeholder Partnerships to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific ESCAP and UNU-IAS (2018).
- Partnership resources
- Creating the right strategy and choosing the right methods for effective engagement and facilitation
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Training, Workshops and Events
Group Photo, Environmental Change Through Participation Expert Group Meeting, February 2020
- Sub-regional training workshops on stakeholder engagement for the 2030 Agenda, between August to October, 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.unescap.org/events/training-effective-stakeholder-engagement-2030-agenda. Contact: [email protected]
- IAP2 annual conferences https://www.iap2.org/?page=conferences
- IAP2 Federation certificate and other courses https://www.iap2.org/?page=training
- IAP2 Indonesia – IAP2 Foundation Training (delivered in Bahasa), Jakarta. Contact [email protected]
Workshops, Meetings and Other Events
- Environmental Change Through Participation (Expert Group Meeting), February 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/environmental-change-through-participation-expert-group-meeting. Contact: [email protected]
- International Forum on Public Participation and Stakeholder Engagement for the Sustainable Development Goals, April-May, 2019. For more information, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/international-forum-public-participation-and-stakeholder-engagement-sustainable-development. Contact: [email protected]
- ESCAP-Embassy of Sweden Second Regional Workshop “Empowering people for a sustainable future”, March 2019. For more information, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/escap-embassy-sweden-second-regional-workshop-empowering-people-sustainable-future. Contact: [email protected]
- Regional Workshop 2018 - Building Resilience through Participation, March 2018. for more information, please visit https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/about-sweden-non-swedish-citizens/thailand/development-and-aid/development-cooperation/annual-workshop/regional-workshop-2018/.
- Creating A Seat At The Table, August 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/creating-seat-table. Contact Contact: [email protected]