Highlights and images of main proceedings for 2 May 2016



The Conference “Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production” opened on Monday afternoon, 2 May 2016, at Andel’s Hotel, in Berlin, Germany. The meeting will address the challenges of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Participants met in two plenary and dialogue sessions to discuss the role of partnerships for SDG implementation.

During the first session on partnerships for a universal, transformative agenda, keynote speakers discussed the opportunities that can be realized and the challenges that can be addressed through partnerships in the context of SDG implementation. Non-governmental representatives of the nine countries included in the Swedish Government’s initiative of first mover countries, “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A call for action,” then discussed expectations for the initiative’s implementation and outlined their experiences with partnerships.
They noted challenges for partnerships including fragmentation among civil society organizations and government structures and competition for resources. Speakers also highlighted factors that can support partnerships, such as common interests among actors, implementation plans that engage civil society, defined responsibilities, established time frames, and monitoring.

The second session focused on examples and lessons learned from non-government partnerships and initiatives. Speakers stressed, among other things the importance of: shared visions; recognizing the intrinsic value of each actor and interdependencies among them; results-based frameworks; providing end-user feedback to governments; and addressing power imbalances. During the discussion, participants further stressed the need for capacity building for civil society, institutionalizing platforms for participation, and working with diverse groups of people.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the Conference: Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany. Our report is available in HTML or PDF format.

Abir Ghattas, Activist, Blogger and Digital communication strategist, Lebanon

Günther Bachmann, RNE, Germany

Room view during the session

Marianne Beisheim, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany

Stephen Chacha, Africa Philanthropic Foundation (APF), Tanzania

Layla Saad, World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), Brazil

Masego Madzwamuse, Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), South Africa

Johan Kuylenstierna, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden

Ivonne Lobos Alva, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany

Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada

John Patrick Ngoyi, Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas Committee of the Catholic Church, Nigeria

Rudolph Cleveringa, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership (GWP), Sweden

Måns Nilsson, SEI, Sweden

David Nabarro, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda

Jes Weigelt, IASS, Germany

Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, African Monitor, South Africa

Farooq Ullah, Stakeholder Forum, United Kingdom

Hans Herren, President and CEO, Millennium Institute

Eugénio Fátima Lemos, Permatil, Timor-Leste

Javier Surasky, Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional, Colombia

Thomas Forster, EcoAgriculture Partners, US

Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, FAO

Martin Wittau, Germany

Participants networking

Participants discussing during the coffee break

Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, IISD, with Lynn Wagner, IISD, Canada

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