The novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for the global community. The United Nations Sustainable Development Group has launched a coherent framework (1) for UN’s urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, putting in practice Secretary-General’s report on “Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 (2). Moving beyond the initial response phase, the Secretary-General underlines the need to “recover better”, and that any recovery strategy should ensure that we remain on track towards the longer-term objectives outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report also underlines the importance of mobilizing partnerships with all stakeholders to accelerate the global response to COVID-19 and recovery from its impact, including with local and regional authorities, researchers, scientists and innovators, civil society and community-based organizations, private sector and philanthropies.
The President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has firmly placed the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sri Lanka a key priority, as enshrined in the policy document, “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” (3) The document, termed as Sri Lanka government’s national development framework, encompasses ideas emerging from a broad national stakeholder engagement process in the country, including with inhabitants from 25,000 villages and the general public.
In 2019, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), United Nations Office for Partnerships, United Nations Development Coordination Office, Global Compact, and The Partnering Initiative launched the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator (4) – a project aimed at accelerating effective partnerships in support of the SDGs.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The UN in Sri Lanka is working with the Government and partners to help alleviate the health and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. In support of these efforts, the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator Office in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator, will be engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including the government of Sri Lanka, the United Nations system, academia, private sector, and civil society, to support the implementation of the SDGs and building back better by enhancing cohesion among sectors and stakeholders, and inspire new actions and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
The Sri Lanka Partnership Forum (date and venue tbc) will provide a starting point for ensuring greater coherence across all stakeholders and sectors while building back better from COVID-19, leading to more transformational whole-of-society approach to partnerships for advancing SDGs in Sri Lanka. The three-day Forum will include a high-level partnership dialogue to set the stage and outline the need for driving effective multi-stakeholder partnerships, held in the morning of the first day, followed by a two-and-a-half-day working level multi-stakeholder workshop.
The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a national partnership landscape assessment of Sri Lanka in order to deliver and maximize impact and value of the Forum.