Shared responsibility

Whether combating poverty, protecting the climate or ensuring access to health care for all: global challenges cannot be mastered by governments alone. The principle of shared responsibility therefore stands for a new understanding of global cooperation. All must pull together to ensure a sustainable future. In addition to governments, businesses, civil society groups, citizens and researchers must do their part.

That means projects with a high proportion of stakeholders and, thus, new forms of cooperation are becoming more important. Multi-stakeholder partnerships enable cooperation as equals and involve all major stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. GIZ has many years of experience in managing partnerships and advises multi-stakeholder partnerships from their inception through ongoing cooperation to evaluation.

One example is the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Around 130 representatives of the German private sector, the political sphere and civil society jointly pursue binding and verifiable goals for sustainable textile production all along the value chain. Half the German textile market is now represented in the Partnership, whose secretariat is hosted by GIZ.

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