15 Sep, 2016
SWA co-organized a high-level event on the power of partnering for women, children, and adolescents, at the 71th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Other organizers included Every Woman Every Child, Global Partnership for Education, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement and Zero Hunger Challenge. This event took place on 20 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and featured high-level speakers such as President Michelle Bachelet, of Chile, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
The Hon. Kevin Rudd, SWA’s Chair, was part of a panel discussion on developing a unified approach for putting women, children and adolescents at the heart of the national and local agendas. Speakers showcased how different partnerships can work better together across sectors to catalyse transformation and support countries to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event reflected the leadership of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who addressed the audience in a video message and highlighted the hard work and commitment to bringing together an array of different actors to unite around some of the most intractable challenges that people face in their daily lives. “From the time he assumed office, the Secretary-General recognized that partnership brings results and he focused on the power of partnering as a specific element of the United Nations’ work,” said Dr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser Special Advisor on 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
Other panelists at the event included:
The event also featured interventions by: H.E. Ms. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie of Canada; H.E Ms. Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Liberia; Ms. Helle Thoring Schmidt – CEO Save the Children International; H.E Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Netherlands; H.E Honourable Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Minister of Health, Nigeria; H.E. Ms. Tone Skogen, Deputy Foreign Minister, Norway; Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Global Policy & Advocacy , Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
To close the event, young leaders from various organizations, including White Ribbon Alliance, Save the Children, Women Deliver and PMNCH, offered their interpretation of the principles of partnership contained in the Partnership Playbook launched at the event. The young leaders were: Elman Nsinda, Anoyara Khatun, Yosef Ahmed Terku, Patrick Mwesigye, Gogontlejang Phaladi, Tikhala Itaye, Fsahat UI Hassan, Salam Abukhadrah, Hiba Nabulsi and Jasmine George.
We are country led:
We are rights based:
We are inclusive:
We are transparent about our intentions and impact:
We will be predictable and mutually accountable:
We will be evidence-based:
We will communicate conscientiously:
We will act with integrity and in an ethical manner:
We are mutually respectful:
We will do no harm: