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Partnerships for sustainable development - voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at implementing sustainable development and contributing  to the implementation of Agenda 21, Rio +5 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) - were an important complementary outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). At its 11th Session in May 2003, the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) reaffirmed that these partnerships contribute to the implementation of intergovernmental commitments, recognizing that partnerships are a complement to, not a substitute for, intergovernmental commitments.

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The CSD Partnerships Fair provides a venue for registered Partnerships for Sustainable Development to showcase progress, launch new partnerships, network with existing and potential partners, create synergies between partnerships and learn from each other's experiences. The Partnerships Fair gives CSD participants an opportunity to gather information on and discuss the valuable contribution of these important initiatives towards supporting the implementation of inter-governmentally agreed sustainable development goals and objectives.
The Partnerships Fair is an official part of the CSD and a summary of its activities will be included in the Report of CSD 18. A more detailed account of the Partnerships Fair Activities will also be available on-line through the CSD Secretariat’s daily Partnerships Wires.

The CSD 18 Partnerships Fair will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 4 to 8 May 2009. The Programme of activities will mainly feature:

  • Partnerships working sessions: These sessions aim at generating a more interactive, candid and dynamic dialogue and exchanges of views among leading-edge thinkers, practitioners and experts on issues related to the use of partnerships to implement sustainable development. Working sessions will take place in the CSD Partnerships Fair room, conference room 6.

  • Partnership training sessions: Interactive sessions that offer valuable tools, resources, examples and practical experiences on establishing, developing and maintaining effective partnerships as collaborative mechanisms for more effective delivery of sustainable development goals and objectives. Training sessions will take place in the CSD Partnerships Fair room, conference room 6.

  • Partnerships Information Desks: A small number of desks are available to CSD registered partnerships to display and distribute information related to their partnership and be available to discuss their work with CSD-17 delegates. The desks will be located in the ‘neck area’ (situated in the corridor between the Vienna Café and the elevators in the 1st basement of the Conference Building at UN-HQ).


NEAC at CSD 18 Partnership Fair



Malin Heimer Sweden

Partnership Information Desk

Tuesday, May 5th - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

United Nation Headquarters

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Working Sessions

May 4th - 8th

United Nation Conference

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