VIENNA, 19 October 2018 – “Partnerships can be seen as the connective tissue across the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Angus Rennie, UN Global Compact Senior Manager of UN Relations and Partnerships, who was a guest speaker during the three days of partnership acceleration workshops organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
When asked about the most influential changes happening in business sector partnerships and UN collaboration over the course of the next 20 years, Rennie said he hopes for a situation where “business-as-usual takes into consideration people and planet while creating long-term value for future generations,” and added that “UNIDO has the business sector in its DNA, and together in collaboration with the UN Global Compact is well-situated to enhance cooperation between the UN and private sector to jointly drive the 2030 Agenda forward.”
The objective of the workshops, organized by the Partnership Coordination Division of UNIDO was to accelerate partnerships with the business sector, financial institutions, and the Global Environment Facility, and in the context of South-South and triangular industrial cooperation. UNIDO has extensive experience of working with various partners but the challenges in achieving the 2030 Agenda require partnerships to be forged quicker and with impact on a larger scale. Ideas for acceleration included, among others, setting clear targets for the new UNIDO Partnership Strategy 2018-2021, blending, bundling and leveraging various services and interventions, and complementary funding sources, as well as boldly testing new and innovative partnership ideas.
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