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Fishbowl: 1+1=17? Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals

May 13th, 4 - 5.30 pm (CEST); GDL Talks on the topic started at 3.30 pm

The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline a vision for a better world. In order to reach these ambitious goals within the next 10 years, government, civil society, business, academia and other stakeholders need to collaborate. This fishbowl session was be kicked off by two GDL Talks and analysed how partnerships can support the achievement of the SDGs.

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' at GIZ and author of this blog entry on the topic.

Joining her on the virtual podium were:

Joseph D'Cruz

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?’.

*Please note that participation in this session requires downloading and installing the Zoom desktop app. Unfortunately, a number of important features that will be used throughout the GDL prE-Summit 2020 are only available for desktop app users. Automatic download of the app will start after you finish registration and click the URL to join the meeting, or you can download the Zoom desktop app in advance here

You can re-watch the public part of the fishbowl here.

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David Patrician

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

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.

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