Date of Meeting: 22 September 2017

Meeting Organizer: UNDP, State of Qatar

ISJC Staff Present: Lt-Col Eirwen Pallant

Reporter: Lt-Col Eirwen Pallant

Which SDG does this topic cover? 17

Type of meeting: Panel Presentation

Brief summary of presentation of information made

Moderator- Mr Thomas Stelzer, Former Assistant Secretary-General for policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs

Development Cooperation already had a base for building on: the MDGs and the inclusiveness involved in the formation of the SDGs.


Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari – General Manager, Qatar Fund for Development

  • Need cooperation to achieve the SDGs, but also have to adapt the way we work to achieve them
  • Cooperation must involve all areas including science and technology
  • Productivity is the new norm
  • Education of girls is necessary- GDP is increased by 3%each year girls stay in school.
  • The greatest risk to achievement is conflict and disasters, both of which have increased
  • The SDGs are the best tool for sustaining peace
  • Qatar is committed to SDG 16 (Promotion of Peace and Just society)


Mr Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP

  • SDGs promote the idea that all nations are players in development
  • Previously, the fundamental premise was that development came from the global north towards the global south. It was not a mutual partnership because of the inherent imbalance of power
  • Now recognized actions in one part of the world affect development not just in that nation but also in other nations around the world
  • There is a shared interest to invest in one another built on the premise that there will be global benefits if we act together. Benefitting others also benefits yourself.
  • There is a need to work together to face the challenges of the world, including conflict, natural disasters, climate change and migration.
  • Forced migration first affected neighbouring countries but issue is now global
  • In Syria, UN agencies were forced to shut down because the UN States failed to recognize the need for stabilization
  • The pathway in humanitarian situations is the same whatever the cause – it must lead on to rebuilding and development
  • The SDG focus is on inequality, which is the main driver of conflict. Conflict occurs in areas where the benefits of development have not been shared
  • The only way forward is to invest in development, not weapons of war
  • There is a need to go upstream to tackle the roots of failure to advance development


H.E. Yusuf-Garad Omar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion, Republic of Somalia

  • Implementation of SDGs is beneficial to all mankind
  • Continual assessment of their implementation is needed
  • Good governance is essential
  • Somalia is implementing public service reform, including education, business, health and infrastructure
  • The barriers to implementation in Somalia are not ideological but financial
  • Capacity building for implementation is needed for people and institutions


Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Canada

  • SDGs bring together all nations of the UN to face the massive global challenges
  • Canada has a focus on health and gender equality in their domestic and foreign policy
  • Best way to achieve the SDGs is through achieving gender equality
  • Committed to working with all stakeholders
  • Global Partnership Initiative from Canada focuses on SDG 17


H.E. Ms Marie Chatardova, President of ECOSOC

  • Encouraging numbers of Voluntary National Reviews of the implementation of the SDGs
  • However, rising gaps of equality in some nations that is threatening the social fabric of the nation
  • ECOSOC involved in strengthening data collection and measurement in reviews, strengthening domestic institutions, engaging youth and promoting entrepreneurship


H.E. Dr Sayed Aqa, Vice President Islamic Relief Bank

  • Partnership is essential to achieve the SDGs
  • There is a challenge of capacity, in order to both plan for and implement the SDGs
  • Role of Islamic finance is to seek partnership based on Islamic values of financial integrity, consider themselves bank of developers rather than bank of financiers
  • IRB is implementing ‘Initiative of Diverse Linkages’ – a 2year commitment to the transfer of knowledge and skills
  • Role of IRB to scale up finances available
  • South-South partnership has a significant role with transfer of best practice
  • IRB is involved with engaging people, especially the young


Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi, UN Secretary-General Humanitarian Envoy

  • Need to build partnerships between humanitarian aid and development
  • Humanitarian commitments of today will take 7 years to accomplish and a further 20 million are at risk of famine


H.E. Mr Bader Al-Dafa, Executive Director, Global Dryland Alliance

  • Concentrates on SDG 6 to provide clean drinking water
  • Important to prioritise countries and programmes rather than a scattergun approach as it increases effectiveness
  • Qatar concentrating on 10 goals but especially Health (SDG 4), Education (SDG3) and development and economic growth (SDG 8)


Comments from floor

Director, Gates Foundation

  • First time all significant nations signed up to same document
  • Gates foundation producing a report this year on progress towards the goals. Indicates we are not on target to achieve them.


Gambia Minister of Interior

  • Recognises it is a fragile state
  • Political will is present but has no financial resources
  • Is planning development around the SDGs


Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, ECOSOC

  • Need to target most vulnerable from the start
  • Importance of coherence of all sectors
  • Compels us to look at accountability in a new way, not just to donors but now also upward, downward and inward


Moderator Closing Remarks

  • SDG 16 is the link between them all
  • SDGs overcame the Us & Them attitude. All are working for a better world

What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?

  • The SDGs are being used as a framework for development across the world
  • Development is not donor-recipient but standing together in mutual partnership
  • The diversity of people, agencies, faith traditions and governments working to achieve the SDGs is outstanding
  • Partnerships with others is an essential part of achieving the SDGs
  • We are still not on target to achieve the SDGs
  • A new type of accountability has been called for, not just to the donors but an upward, downward and inward accountability


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Tags: SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals