James M. Donovan with Organization of American States Executive Secretary Kim Osborne & Director of Sustainable Devt. Cletus Springer

Washington, USA (March 9, 2017) - “Big data is the blueprint for investments, partnerships and multi-sectoral contribution for UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” disclosed Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman James M. Donovan in a panel at the Global Partnerships Week 2017 (GPW 2017) recently held at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Business.

The GPW 2017 held last March 6 to 12 is an annual conference organized by the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia and the PeaceTech Lab. A state endeavor which started in 2014, it aims to celebrate partnerships across sectors, industries, and boarders, and the progress they have achieved.

The main forum is supplemented by numerous self-organized events around the world, in various formats. With a focus on the role of partnerships in achieving the SDGs, particularly the 17th SDG which calls to ‘strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnerships for sustainable development’, the GCEOA and GWU School of Business organized the panel on, ‘Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development.’

This panel was intended to contribute towards the conversations around the pivotal role of partnerships towards sustainable development. It was divided into two sessions, first of which focused on global and regional perspectives on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) leading to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The second session focused on Inclusive Partnerships where panelists explored the Innovative Partnering Cycle, which followed the progress of partnerships from set-up to assessment and evaluation.

Mr. Donovan revealed the drive behind the creation of the GCEOA in advancing the SDGs. He further explained, “From traditional contracting and with the launching of the SDGs, partnership trends are now moving towards People-First PPPs. It entails cross-sector collaboration in delivering infrastructure and services needed to meet the demands of the SDGs. The main challenge is bridging the capacity gap in delivering these People-First PPPs most especially for developing countries. Data and knowledge sharing is essential in improving this capacity to support a strategic decision-making process that creates a blueprint for multidisciplinary use.”

The GCEOA is one of the core initiatives of ADEC Foundation, committed to the advancement of the people and planet by working closely with stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, multilaterals, and the United Nations.