Develop a global partnership for development
Creating a global partnership for development
In September, world leaders convened at United Nations Headquarters in a high-level summit. An important outcome of that meeting was a renewed commitment to the Goals – by the countries that created them. Goal 8, to encourage a global partnership for development, finds its highest expression in the compact made by these leaders as they pursue ambitious plans to lead their people out of poverty and towards a better future.
Progress made worldwide
At the regional level, cooperation included events such as the First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child in Rabat (Morocco), organized jointly by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization and UNICEF to address issues important to the well-being of children in the Islamic countries and countries with large Muslim populations.
Collaboration at the national level is reflected in such countries as Ecuador, where UNICEF works closely with civil society and the government to make the country’s budget-allocation process transparent, supportive of children’s needs and more reflective of a state of rights than a state of privilege. As a result, in 2005, an additional $180 million was identified within the Ecuadorian budget for investment in education and health.
A network of partnerships
UNICEF helps obtain and extend resources for children through partnering with a wide range of private companies. Such partners are also moving beyond purely financial support to provide broad expertise in service of UNICEF’s mission. Civil society is also being engaged on every level; to strengthen this engagement, UNICEF is currently undertaking a review of its policies and practices as a partner to civil society.