The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda represent universally approved policy visions that signal a paradigm shift from a top-down approach of established, international mandates to a bottom-up, country-driven implementation process. They anticipate and require cooperation and collaboration on sustainable development at all levels of government, the private sector and civil society.
The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs call for an unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders for their achievement. The 2030 Agenda is mobilizing the stakeholders in the three sectors of society – the public sector, the private sector, and civil society.
Multistakeholder collaboration and the engagement of all societal sectors in a bottom-up approach is considered key to sustainable development. Sustainable development builds on the intrinsic alignment of interests of the stakeholders.
Where government policies regulate business and provide the business enabling sustainable development environment, business develops and delivers the solutions, and civil society ensures achievement of the sustainable development goals. Collaboration combines complementary resources and competencies to maximize value creation for mutual benefit.
Localizing the SDGs calls for collaboration between the stakeholders of the three sectors of society. Collaboration is essential to increase policy coherence of plans and strategies and to improve effectiveness in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Collaboration encourages the development of institutional, political, legal, and financial mechanisms to broaden inclusive platforms. Collaboration strengthens the coordination of the intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), national, subnational, local governments and other public entities, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals in the provision of a sustainable society for all stakeholders.
Systemic solutions for the localization of the SDGs are developed in collaboration between politics, research, business and civil society. Collaboration fosters the creation, promotion, and enhancement of open, user-friendly, and participatory data platforms using technological and social tools available to transfer and share knowledge.