Partnerships for the Goals

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals Through Partnerships and Local Development

  • Dina WahyuniEmail author
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The United Nations (UN) defines partnerships as “voluntary and collaborative relationships between various parties, both public and non-public, in which all participants agree to work together to achieve a common purpose or undertake a specific task and, as mutually agreed, to share risks and responsibilities, resources and benefits” (UN 2015, p. 4). Partnerships for sustainable development denote multi-stakeholder initiatives that are voluntarily undertaken by government, nongovernment organizations and civil society aimed at contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (see UN 2015 for a historic overview of the UN legislative documents on partnerships). In the subnational context, partnerships involve integrated actions of multi-stakeholders to incorporate and implement the SDGs in local development.


In September 2015, after 3 years of negotiations and debates at the United Nations, 193 countries...

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The research was supported in part by the 2018 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Research Grant and Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swinburne Business SchoolSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Monica Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public Administration and School of Business AdministrationUniversity of International Business and Economics & China University of PetroleumBeijingChina