This year's Networks for Prosperity Report: Advancing Sustainability Through Partnerships breaks new ground in the areas of sustainability networks, the role of international organizations in fostering greater global connectedness, and sustainable development partnerships within the United Nations System. The report, compiled by UNIDO and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, draws particular attention to the strengths and potential of private, public and civil society actors, which will be key in achieving a more sustainable and inclusive global society from 2015 onwards.
An updated version of the Connectedness Index is included, with a discussion on how the degree to which countries are networked at various levels has evolved over the years. The authors also explore to what extent building robust networks and partnerships among relevant stakeholders contributes to advancing global sustainable development, and how international organizations could play a catalytic role in shaping and strengthening global governance mechanisms that propel progress toward shared sustainability objectives. The report also illustrates the potential of several sustainability networks and partnerships in effectively addressing the complexity of today’s development challenges by showcasing successful voluntary sustainability arrangements such as UNIDO’s Green Industry Platform (GIP).
The report stresses the role that governments, international organizations, private industries and nongovernmental organizations can play in reorganizing their operations through concerted action based on networks and partnerships. It is through this reorganization that they will be able to respond to increasingly complex contemporary issues, which go from safeguarding the environment, to combating major health scourges, increasing job opportunities and productivity, and combating corruption. Specifically, the experts recommend the international community to encourage and prioritize technology innovation and knowledge networking, to invest in institutional infrastructures, and to contribute to a more coherent international financial architecture in support of sustainable development, all within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.