The first online fishbowl session of the prE-Summit, aimed to create a different vision for partnerships. It asked what the world could look like if it were defined by and looked at using the paradigms of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Participants came up with ideas for new structures and modes of cooperation that could replace the traditional understanding of development (e.g. as a transfer of money and resources from the Global North to the Global South). They suggested supporting ideas from the bottom up as well as grassroots solutions, connecting innovators across countries, working on greater transparency and accountability, and including a focus on the SDGs in the post-COVID recovery plans. “I have more questions after the session than I had before, and even though I heard different perspectives, I also got a lot of inspiration for ideas and initiatives – it was great to see so many overlapping issues and to see the future of new partnerships”, said one of the participants towards the end of the event.
Facilitating the virtual fishbowl was David Patrician. The session was designed by Susanne Salz who also appeared as an expert in the fishbowl, as she is not only a GDL member, but also leading the project 'Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for the 2030 Agenda'. If you are interested in the topic, she also wrote this blog entry.
Joining her on the virtual podium were:
Joseph D'Cruz is Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning to the Administrator of UNDP. He supports UNDP's senior leadership in the development and implementation of corporate strategies, processes and initiatives to deliver the organization's mandate and objectives.
Marieke de Wal
Since 2014, Marieke de Wal is managing director of the Partnerships Resource Centre at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She currently works together with the GDL on developing a new strategy. Other projects of her include Promoting Effective Partnering (PEP), a knowledge sharing initiative, inspired by the inquiry ‘what will it take to unleash the partnering potential for the SDGs?’.
The fishbowl was kicked-off by two GDLTalks which you can revisit here.
Angelina Davydova is an environmental journalist from Saint Petersburg, Russia, and regularly contributes to Russian and international media, including the Kommersant, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Science magazine. She specializes in economic and political aspects of global and Russian climate policy, and has been covering the UN climate negotiations since 2008.
She teaches at the Saint Petersburg State University School of Journalism and the Saint Petersburg National research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. She is also Director of the Office of Environmental Information in Saint Petersburg (a non-profit organization focusing on developing environmental journalism in Russia and neighbouring countries and promoting international cooperation in the environmental and climate fields).
She was a Reuters Foundation Fellow at Oxford University in 2006 and was a participant of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at UC Berkeley in 2012. In 2018-2019, she was a Humphrey Fellow at UC-Davis.
David Patrician is a freelance journalist and moderator.
In 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and came to Germany on a journalist exchange. Some of his assignments included being embedded with the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan, as well as producing and hosting some special reports for WDR, Radio Bremen, RTL Nord, Deutsche Welle, Newsweek and Delta Radio (a weekly radio show entirely in German).
Prior to this, he was a radio and news producer for the Voice of America in Washington, DC. David graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree in government and politics, and did some of his master’s degree at Georgetown University.
In addition, he has also moderated dozens of international conferences, including for example the Water Act Summit in Paris prior to COP 21.
Susanne Salz’s key areas of expertise and interest are sustainable development and global governance. She is heading a project on multi-stakeholder-partnerships to implement the 2030 Agenda at GIZ.
Previously, Susanne started the United Actors, an innovative start-up in the global governance scene, worked at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign, at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the OECD and UN Volunteers. In 2012, Susanne managed the involvement of local governments in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development on behalf of ICLEI. In her free time Susanne enjoys rowing and competes in 100km rowing races on the Rhine.
Read more about Susanne in her blog article.