On September 29th, the Worldconnectors are organizing an official signing event for the Charter on Partnerships in the Post-2015 Agenda. Minister Ploumen and 50+ organizations will sign the charter at the VNO-NCW offices in the Hague. Signatories, such as Oxfam Novib, Akzo Nobel and Tony Chocolonely, as well as other contributors to the Charter, will be present. 

The year 2015 marks an important moment for international cooperation: the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the most important international agreements aimed at combatting poverty, will expire. The UN High Level Panel on Post 2015 Development Agenda recently published a set of new goals for which Paul Polman, CEO Unilever and part of the panel, had consulted Dutch private sector actors and other parties involved.

The Worldconnectors wish to contribute to this discussion through their working group The role of the Private Sector, Civil Society and Cross Sectoral Partnerships in the Post-2015 Agenda. This Worldconnectors working group was formed with the aim of developing a concrete format, based on the trends mentioned above, through which the Worldconnectors can contribute to the post-2015 agenda. The working group specifically focuses on the potential role that the private sector and civil society in the Netherlands can play in achieving the renewed MDGs/SDGs.

On May 19th a consultation meeting took place at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at which around 50 external parties were present.  After this meeting the Worldconnectors drafted a charter that provides a compelling vision for a private sector and civil society contribution in development. The Charter is based on the HLP report and it encourages its signatories to start or intensify concrete initiatives in this area.

For more information, please send an e-mail to roundtable@worldconnectors.nl.

Introduction to Charter