Women Deliver Side Event – Delivering as One: Global Partnerships for Global Goals



Public Side-Event at Women Deliver 2016

Delivering as One: Global Partnerships for Global Goals

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites, on behalf of Co-Chair to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Ms. Lilianne Ploumen,

on Monday, 16 May 2016

Bella Center Copenhagen, Conference Room B4 M1-2 11.00am to 12.30pm

The universality, interconnectedness and ambition of the Global Goals require a holistic approach. Many global partnerships were established to address one of the MDGs and are often focused on a specific sector or issue. However, in order to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda there is a need to work beyond sectors and to increase the synergy between partnerships. Considering that development happens at the country level, it is necessary to foster cross-sectorial cooperation on this level to be able to deliver as one. But what does this mean for the existing global partnerships?

The session will bring together front-running, global figures and experts to discuss potential ways global partnerships can contribute to the coverage of all the Global Goals and deliver as one. The event will be opened by a key-note from Mr. Jeroen Roodenburg, Ambassador Private Sector and International Cooperation for the Kingdom of the Netherlands and kick off with a ‘Setting the Stage’ session by Special Adviser for the 2030 Agenda, Mr. David Nabarro, followed by an interactive panel discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund. Members of the panel are:

  • Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Ethiopia
  • Robin Gorna, Executive Director, PMNCH
  • Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, USAID
  • Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, Global Head of Government Affairs B2G, Philips
  • Lieve Fransen, Senior Policy Adviser, Philips
  • Susan Myers, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation
  • Geoff Adlide, Director of Advocacy and Communications, GPE
  • Vagn Berthelsen, CEO, Oxfam IBIS

The event is open to all Member States, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the general public. To RSVP, please contact Nuschka Holtkamp at Nuschka.Holtkamp@minbuza.nl.

Leaders of Today, Not Tomorrow

“Young people are the leaders of tomorrow.” How often do you hear that phrase? Here at Restless Development, we hear it constantly, from all angles of society. It’s great that so much attention is currently focused on the importance of investing in our futures. But the thing is, too often young people are overlooked in the creation, implementation and monitoring of exactly those key decisions that will ultimately affect us – because we are seen as the leaders of ‘tomorrow,’ not today. To be honest, it’s a saying we’re getting pretty tired of by now.

In fact, what the evidence is telling us is that young people are already the leaders of today. It’s just that our key role in building truly effective development cooperation is yet to be fully recognised.

Young people have an incredible amount of energy, passion and desire. Harnessed in the right way, we can bring about a new era of successful global development cooperation where citizens and their governments are connected like never before. Young people have the energy, skills and ambition to bring about real change, ensuring positive rhetoric becomes effective action. It’s what we at Restless Development call Youth Power.

This will mean tackling some of the toughest obstacles in our path. One of the biggest challenges young people face today is the lack of employment opportunities available, stifling their potential to lead their communities and societies out of poverty. Restless Development’s vision for ensuring young people have the life skills and opportunities to fulfill their potential, is grounded in evidence. Our ground-breaking youth-led research project in Uganda, ‘Strength, Creativity and Livelihoods of Karimojong Youth,’ demonstrated the power of bringing marginalised young people into the heart of our work, ensuring real and lasting impact which directly benefits those who we serve. The Case for Space initiative’s research, centred around 18 global young researchers, investigated the significant opportunities and challenges that young people face, both in terms of accessing their rights and in building their livelihoods

In 2015, we saw young people leading the way in some of the biggest development and humanitarian challenges the world faced. In Sierra Leone, young people led a community mobilisation model which helped end the Ebola outbreak. Over 350 young volunteers signed up overnight to help lead the fight, with over 2000 volunteering to empower their communities to protect themselves from the virus, helping Sierra Leone reach zero cases of Ebola. We also saw the strength and resilience of young people in Nepal, in the face of two devastating earthquakes, using their networks to lead disaster relief efforts.

Ultimately, it is young people and their networks, at the centre of their communities, who will ensure the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Our Big Idea is at the heart of this, empowering young people with the data, knowledge and skills they need to hold their leaders to account at the local,national and global levels. From Uganda to Malawi and from Nepal to the UK, young people are coming together to form their own networks, designed to monitor successful implementation of the Global Goals. Our Accountability Advocates are the perfect example – 20 young people from seven countries who are driving forward this movement, calling for greater accountability from world leaders.


The Global Partnership has a history of involving young people in its processes, which we welcome. But we believe you can do more. Let’s be ambitious. Young people want to show the Global Partnership that there is a powerful new model for youth-led development, which is already producing incredible results on the ground in countries around the world. We believe that the Global Partnership, with its global influence and convening power, can become a true champion for the role of young people in implementing and monitoring the Global Goals, thus ensuring that the promises made last September in New York are fulfilled.

We are calling on the Global Partnership to place young people at the heart of your work. With our energy, ideas, passion and desire for change, young people are ready for this role at the centre of the Global Partnership; ready to provide the resources, trainings, networks and more to make this idea a reality. To encapsulate all of this, we believe that the next high-level meeting of the Global Partnership should host a Youth Forum, where vibrant, intelligent youth delegates, who are already leaders in their communities, can tell you exactly why you need young people at the heart of the Global Partnership.

Author Jack McQuibban

About the Author

Jack McQuibban, 23, is the Advocacy & Networks Coordinator at Restless Development, the international development agency which places young people at the forefront of change.

Global Partnership Initiatives’ Acceleration Workshop: Barcelona, 21-22 June 2016

BarcelonaGlobal Partnership Initiatives’ Acceleration Workshop

Barcelona, 21-22 June 2016

The Global Partnership is organising a two-day Global Partnership Initiatives’ Acceleration Workshop on 21-22 June 2016 in Barcelona, hosted by the global organisation United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), in partnership with the European Commission and with the support of the Government of Japan.

This workshop will help Global Partnership Initiatives (GPIs)  to step up their efforts in contributing to achieving effective development co-operation ahead of the 2nd Global Partnership High Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi (28 November-1 December 2016). It will provide an opportunity for representatives of GPIs to exchange experiences, identify opportunities for collaboration and discuss policy messages that can inform discussions and decisions at HLM2.

Specific objectives of the workshop include:

  • Improve cross-fertilisation between GPIs and identify options for enhanced collaboration;
  • Identify “policy messages” and “stories of progress” in different areas of effective development co-operation, which highlight GPI achievements and can inform discussions at the HLM2;
  • Map opportunities for GPIs to be showcased and involved in the preparations for the HLM2;
  • Discuss how to strengthen linkages between GPIs and broader Global Partnership work.

Participation in this event is by invitation only. To confirm your attendance, please return your completed registration form to the address info@effectivecooperation.org by 9 May 2016.

Related documents:

Draft Agenda

Logistic Note

Registration Form