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A Global Partnership for Sustainable Development - Essential Ingredients

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With the Outcome Document agreed by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in July 2014, discussions on the post-2015 development agenda increasingly focus on how the new Goals will be delivered and less about what the Goals and their targets will be. Issues of means of implementation – including the final shape of a post-2015 Global Partnership for Sustainable Development to be agreed in September 2015 – are taking on an ever-higher profile.

There are multiple partnerships at different levels that need to be considered to implement an integrated and universal post-2015 development agenda: from support the international community provides to help meet sustainable development needs to the ‘global commons’ with a universal action agenda for all. In addition, there are partnerships at country level and at vertical (thematic or goal) level that are needed to ensure delivery.

This background note presents a perspective on what should ideally be captured in a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development (GPSD) as a minimum, and discusses:

• What worked and what didn’t with MDG8, the world’s MDG era attempt at forging a global partnership for development;
• The political, economic, social, and environmental context for a Global Partnership;
• What design principles should underpin a Global Partnership; and
• Specific elements that could form part of a Global Partnership.

This background document serves to stimulate a discussion how poor people and a fragile planet in need could best be served by individual governments, other stakeholders and the international community.

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