Projects

The MSP Institute is working closely with partners from the public, civil society, and private sectors.
We advocate and support, develop and implement, study and build capacities. 
Depending on the project, the MSP Institute can pull together coalitions and teams of experts to work together.

Gender and Chemicals:  a project aiming to improve integration of gender aspects in international chemicals and waste management, and increase the participation of women’s organisations and gender experts in the SAICM Beyond 2020 process. Undertaking a gender analysis (issues, policy processes) and a stakeholder analysis in the area of gender & chemicals, which will serve as a fundament for a communication and engagement strategy. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and will be completed April – December 2017.

Workshop in New York, July 15 + 16, 2017: Making Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Work for the Sustainable Development GoalsOne and a half days of focused presentations and lively interaction bringing together multi-stakeholder partnerships that contribute to the SDGs under review at this year’s UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14), and others interested in partnerships. Co-organized by MSP Institute and Tellus Institute.

Early April 2017, MSP Institute associate Minu Hemmati presented a paper on “Principles an Practices of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development – Guidance and Oversight from UN Decisions” (by Minu Hemmati and Felix Dodds) at a workshop of the Friends for Governance for Sustainable Development at the UN in New York.

The MSP Charter: This project will develop a Charter for multi-stakeholder processes and those working in and with MSPs, articulating key principles of working in MSPs. Collaborating with Felix Dodds, Tellus Institute, we will hold a multi-stakeholder workshop on the margins of the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July 2017, to develop a first draft and then conduct a wide consultation process for finalising the Charter in September 2017. The consultation process shall also determine how to sign up and how to review what signatories do to implement and promote the Charter.
This project will also include compiling references where participation, dialogue and partnerships are enshrined in international agreements, and providing tools for implementation of MSP Charter principles, compiled from MSP design & facilitation tools (e.g. The MSP Guide). 
A launch event is planned for September 2017.
Please get in touch if you want to be involved – email us at info(at)msp-institute.org.

UN Expert Group Meeting 2016: Minu Hemmati participated at a UN EGM on Strengthening the role of Member States in the review of multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the 2030 Agenda, held in New York in December 2016.

HLPF2016 Analysis of Country Reports: 22 countries reported on implementing the SDGs at the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2016. In addition to studying the reports submitted, the MSP Institute participated at the HLPF to listen and to conduct interviews with governments and stakeholders. Our analysis was focusing on the overall approach to implementation, and the strategic use of multi-stakeholder engagement and communication that national governments are using to initiate transformation towards realising the SDGs. Initial findings were presented at the OpenSDG.Club.Berlin in November 2016.

HLPF2016 Workshop: In July 2016, on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum at the UN in New York, the MSP Institute co-hosted a workshop on multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the 2030 Development Agenda, together with Global Research Institute. We created an informal, safe space for dialogue among colleagues from the UN, governments, NGOs, multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) initiatives, and partnership experts.
We looked at the history of the UN’s involvement with MSPs, and considered options of future engagement in the context of delivering the SDGs. We also discussed factors, forces and developments that may support, or hinder, effective contributions from MSPs. And we talked about next steps.
There is a brief blog article about the workshop, and a summary paper.

UN Expert Group Meeting 2015: The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of UNDESA organized an expert group meeting on Social Development and Agenda 2030 from 21 to 27 October 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York to assist DSPD/DESA to better support Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Minu Hemmati participated to present a paper on Engagement and Communication for Implementation and Review, focusing on engagement and communications in the transformation process, bringing the SDGs home, challenges of governance as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning.
This was building on a paper on Multi-Stakeholder Engagement and Communications for Sustainability: Beyond Sweet-Talk and Blanket Criticism – Towards Successful Implementation (Hemmati & Rogers, July 2015).

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