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BLOG 3: Possible Additions to Enhance Guidance and Oversight for MSPs

Blog Mini Series on MSPs for Sustainable Development By Dr. Minu Hemmati and Felix Dodds
We are producing a series of blogs around the issue of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) for Sustainable Development to help increase understanding about them:
Blog 1 Definitions of MSPs and Related Issues Blog 2 Principles and Guidance Enshrined in Existing UN Decisions on MSPs Blog 3 Possible Additions to Enhance Guidance and Oversight for MSPs This blog mini series is based on a paper we prepared for a workshop held by the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development group in April this year: “Principles and Practices of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development – Guidance and Oversight from UN Decisions
BLOG 3: Possible Additions to Enhance Guidance and Oversight for MSPs
Updating Existing Decisions Much has happened since 2003, when ECOSOC passed the decision 61 on partnerships, and and we have gained a lot of experience with multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable de…

New Executive Director of UNESCO: A Three Horse Race?

The United Nations is starting to take shape with the new team which will work with Secretary General António Guterres. The next decision will be who will be the Executive Director of UNESCO as Irina Bokova completed her second term. She has by all accounts done a good job as Executive Director having during her term had to deal with the withdrawal of US funding. She managed to do this without too much disruption to the work of UNESCO. She may find herself on speed dial to the new UN chiefs as they deal with what she has already had to deal with.
 The Director-General of UNESCO is the Organization’s Chief Administrative Officer. The Director-General may be appointed initially for a period of four years, and may be appointed for a further term of four years, but shall not be eligible for reappointment for a subsequent term. Nine candidates have gone through the interview process.
Mr Polad BÜLBÜLOGLU (Azerbaijan)
Mr PHAM Sanh Chau (Viet Nam)
Ms Moushira KHATTAB (Egypt)
Mr Hamad bin Abd…

New Director General of WHO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health,and foreign affairs he's also chaired the Global Fund, which mobilizes and invests about $4bn a year to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.  He is the first non-medical doctor and the first African to lead an influential agency that helps set health priorities worldwide. WHO's annual World Health Assembly elected Tedros over Dr. David Nabarro of Britain, a U.N. veteran who has been the man to go to for health emergencies in the UN. In a third and final round of voting. Tedros received 133 votes to Nabarro's 50, with two abstentions. The third candidate, Pakistan's Dr Sania Nishtar, was eliminated in the first round of voting. All three of the final candidates would have been great choices for WHO. Mr Ghebreyesus top five priorities in his new job are: Advancing universal health coverageEnsuring WHO responds rapidly and effectively to disease outbreaks and emergenciesPutting the wellbeing of women, children…

Guest blog: Africans are rising – we can hold our leaders to account and build a better kind of future

Guest Blog from Kumi Naidoo. Kumi is the launch director of Africans Rising. He is a South African human rights activist and previously the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace. After battling apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s through the Helping Hands Youth Organisation, Naidoo led global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights. He has served as the secretary-general of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. He was Secretary General of Civicus, an international alliance for citizen participation, from 1998 to 2008. This is republished from the Guardian

Red is the colour of the launch, primarily to commemorate the blood that was spilt for the freedom of the peoples of Africa (and reminding our leaders that what is asked of them today is much less than what was asked from leaders in our anti-colonial struggles). Secondly, red signifies that Africa is bleeding its wealth on a daily basis through illicit financia…

Rogue CNN Chapter 3: The storm clouds gather

While the President is abroad on his nine-day trip Washington is a whirlwind with so many stories that broke in the days before he left. It was for the media and the general public exhausting. At the top of the mountain of stories was “had the President obstructed justice with comments about former FBI Director to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador and assumed Russian spy chief in Washington”. And if it wasn’t bizarre enough that his administration is being investigated for potential collusion with Russia he is seemingly telling the Russians: "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to the Times. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."  Well that prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, to take over the investigation as a special counsel. This has been welcomed by both side…

Message from Erik Solheim Executive Director of UNEP

A shorter form can be found here  on facebook.

Dear colleagues,

I am just back from the first Chief Executive Board meeting since António Guterres took office. Nearly all United Nations leaders were present, including the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Our very own Achim Steiner also took part as incoming head of the Development Programme.

One thing is very clear – this is a new era for the United Nations. So, I want to share this positive news with you. It was a completely new atmosphere with incredible energy and much less formality.

The Secretary-General insisted that, within the family, we call him Antonio and not Mr. Secretary-General. He wants to see fewer ties and more efficiency; he wants people to challenge him more; and he wants tangible results.

To make the point he even wore a sweater. The group responded by reminding António that he may be Secretary-General, but he still is not the most famous from Portugal (Ronaldo is way ahead)!

The…

The Legacy Report of Communitas, the Coalition of Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda

It is our pleasure to share with you theLegacy Report of Communitas, the Coalition of Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda.

Communitas was an international, philanthropy-funded, multi-stakeholder coalition founded to pioneer knowledge-based advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities and Human Settlements, SDG11. Through its unique blend of technical expertise from the perspective of subnational and local practitioners, Communitas embedded the real needs of urban and territorial sustainability into intergovernmental processes, while empowering multi-stakeholder collaboration. Communitas has been recognised as a decisive player in achieving the inclusion of SDG11 among the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Communitas also engaged intensely in the process towards the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and has been acknowledged as a key actor in the articulation of the notions of urban-rural linkages for integrated urban and ter…

BLOG 2: Principles and Guidance Enshrined in Existing UN Decisions on MSPs

Blog Mini Series on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development By Minu Hemmati and Felix Dodds
Blog 1: Definitions of MSPs and Related Issues: Providing definitions of key terms in the debate on multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development. Blog 2: Principles and Guidance Enshrined in Existing UN Decisions on MSPs: Looking at the existing agreements and summarize the guidance provided so far in UN decisions and resolutions. Blog 3: Possible Additions to Enhance Guidance and Oversight for MSPs: Making suggestions how the guidance provided in previous resolutions could be updated and strengthened in terms of practical implementation.
BLOG 2: Principles and Guidance Enshrined in Existing UN Decisions on MSPs The most comprehensive UN decision on partnerships to date is contained in paragraphs 21-24 of the ECOSOC decision at its 61st session in 2003 (see below). We are also listing other relevant UN decisions and resolutions, such as the UNGA global partnerships res…