Secretary-General lays out plans for UN Partnership FacilityListen /
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing the creation of a new UN initiative that will harness the full potential for partnership.
He says the UN Partnership Facility would help the organization to deliver at scale, both globally and at country level, across the range of UN mandates, goals and values.
Mr. Ban spoke about the proposal during a meeting on partnering for innovative solutions for sustainable development held on Wednesday in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
"The Facility would support partnership work across all external partners, all substantive mandates and all UN entities, allowing us to transcend the capabilities and agendas of any single Member State, entity, institution or partner. This means more results at a fraction of the current costs. I intend to ensure that UN partnerships are not only effective but accountable." (32 secs)
Mr. Ban says an example of the "enormous power" of partnership is the Sustainable Energy for All initiative to provide universal access to modern energy sources by 2030.
Launched last June at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil, it has so far received more than $50 billion in pledges and 70 countries are on board.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.