Firstly the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have served as a rallying point, bringing together NGOs, social entrepreneurs, companies and governments to develop solutions. However, governments are failing to take full advantage of the opportunities that collaborations offer for advancing sustainable development. Government bureaucracy often moves slowly, placing undue emphasis on convening and building frameworks, rather than achieving practical outcomes. And in some cases, as with the proposed US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, government is simply failing to lead, and the private and non profit sectors are stepping into the gap.
The effectiveness of initiatives such as the #WeAreStillIn movement which brought together mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, college and university leaders, businesses, faith groups, and investors (2800 participants and counting) in support of continued climate action to meet the Paris Agreement, has also helped to raise the profile of multi-sector partnerships.