On Wednesday, March 16th, the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) hosted a Public Consultation on two of its Discussion Papers: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addressing Climate Change” and “The Relationship between the UN and Regional Organizations, Civil Society, the Private Sector, and NGOs.” This joint Public Consultation provided a platform for representatives from member states, civil society, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, and the United Nations to comment on the Discussion Papers’ recommendations and exchange perspectives on the larger trends and challenges at hand.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, both universally applicable, were adopted with an unprecedented sense of ownership by member states. The relevant ICM Discussion Paper addresses the key opportunities and challenges for the UN system as it moves towards the implementation of these agreements, while examining the links between sustainable development, climate change, and peace and security. In April, the UN will be convening high-level meetings on the 2030 Agenda and the signing of the Paris Agreement. As highlighted in the Discussion Paper, implementation will require that the UN not only change its working methods and updates its structures, but also build new and existing partnerships across the multilateral system.
In analyzing an increasingly complex and crowded international system, the second ICM Discussion Paper focuses on the UN’s relationship to three groups: regional organizations; civil society and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and the private sector. It also asks how the UN system can better leverage relations with and among these actors and institutions for a more efficient and legitimate international system. Whether concerning the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals or cooperation in peacekeeping or emergencies, the UN must strive to improve its relations and partnerships with civil society, the private sector, and regional organizations if it is to remain capable of fulfilling its mandate.
Dr. David Nabarro, Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary-General, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Ms. Minh-Thu Pham, Executive Director of Policy, United Nations Foundation
Ms. Jimena Leiva-Roesch, Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute
Dr. Adam Lupel, Director of Research and Publications, International Peace Institute
H.E. Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Secretary-General, Independent Commission on Multilateralism