Implementing a transformative framework like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires a paradigm shift in how governments at all levels, the UN System, and other entities enter into partnerships for development. Successfully integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national, regional and local development plans requires interested actors to think outside the box and move beyond what was done in the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SDGs stress the importance of transparency and accountability, and as a result, partnerships for sustainable development must evolve. Governments at all levels must work with one another, as well as with all stakeholders, including civil society, to truly usher in an era of sustainable development. With the conclusion of the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015, the world must now operationalize the means of implementing the SDGs through mechanisms that ensure technology transfer to developing countries, debt relief, and other international efforts, as well as national and regional processes that ensure that important segments of society, not just the private sector, are seen as reliable partners for sustainable development. The Communitas Coalition will participate in these efforts at the international level and mobilize its partners, including those involved in the World Urban Campaign (WUC), to become involved in the work that is taking place at other levels as to ensure the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is truly a success.
Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Infrastructure at the Habitat III World Stage
Cities and sub-national governments are on the front lines for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda, but coming up with the resources to finance implementation – estimated at trillions of dollars per year globally – is a critical challenge facing all levels of government. Following up on previous events around this important question of finance and public-private partnerships (PPPs), Communitas hosted a session on this topic at the World Stage during the Habitat III Conference in Quito. This session presented a range of perspectives on PPPs for urban infrastructure and discussed a set of Draft Principles for PPPs aimed at enhancing local and regional governments’ understanding of and capacity for dealing with PPPs.
The session included: one or more speakers from local/regional governments that have engaged in PPPs, NGO/labor representative with a critical perspective on PPPs, and the Communitas Research Director who presented the Draft Principles for PPPs and initiate an active dialogue with participants.
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Public-Private Partnerships: Workshop toward guiding principles
In an effort to establish guiding principles for PPPs in implementing the SDGs, Communitas organized a convening of leading thinkers and practitioners with a broad range of views on PPPs for urban infrastructure. Presenters and participants included representatives from local government, the UN, NGOs, researchers, development institutions, and the private sector. The convening provided a venue for an exchange of views on the potential benefits and risks of PPPs with the aim of identifying conditions under which such partnerships can be beneficial for cities and regions. Key documents and presentations can be viewed below.
Communitas Becomes Co-Chair of WUC Long-Term Planning Working Group
As part of its work to support partners active in sustainable urban development, the Communitas Coalition has stepped up to co-chair the Long Term Planning Working Group of the World Urban Campaign. As a result, Communitas will help coordinate discussions about the future of the campaign and the next steps of this important partnership. Moreover, Communitas is taking playing an active role in the drafting process of the WUC’s key document, The City We Need 2.0.