Cooperation and Partnerships for International Development in the Era of the SDGs

  • Alikhan Baimenov
  • Panos LiverakosEmail author


We live in a globalised world characterised by extraordinary levels of interconnection and interdependence, as well as a world characterised by high unpredictability caused by swift and disruptive changes everywhere. This state of affairs is undoubtedly testing the limits of human capacity in coping with such critical policy issues as growing inequality, climate change, ageing populations, jobless economic growth, migration, artificial intelligence, Big Data and metadata, and the “Internet of things”. These complex issues—profoundly different from those of the twentieth century—place an unprecedented level of demands on the capacity of governments and public governance systems in coping with them. Furthermore, the complexity of these policy issues—accentuated by global interdependence and interconnectedness, as well as by the pace of technological and scientific advances—has created new realities that present serious challenges, which also require regional and/or global solutions. They can be tackled effectively only through concerted efforts, for example, through the establishment of regional and global cooperation and international partnerships forged for the purpose. In 2015, the international community agreed on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be accomplished in the next 15 years. This highly ambitious “2030 Agenda” sets out 17 goals, 169 targets and 231 indicators covering every aspect of development. It presents a radical new approach, focusing on the integrated pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The Agenda is universal, and it includes such issues as reducing inequality, encouraging peace and security, enhancing democratic governance, tackling corruption, promoting participation and access to information, as well as enhancing other human rights and institutional capacity, which were not part of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) framework (UN, “A renewed global partnership for development”, Report of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda. New York: United Nations, 2013). In this context, the role of international cooperation and partnerships becomes an imperative prerequisite for accomplishing the goals of the “2030 Agenda”, confirming the view that international cooperation and partnerships are catalytic in coping with complex transnational issues. This chapter discusses briefly the notions of cooperation and partnerships. Then, it presents the existing and evolving institutional frameworks within which international cooperation and partnerships are formed. The chapter concludes by presenting practical connotations of regional and global cooperation and partnership models. These have been established by countries to share their knowledge and experience in addressing such critical policy issues and challenges.


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  1. 1.Astana Civil Service HubAstanaKazakhstan

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