Remarks for the Intervention at the Plenary Session of the 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Ambassador Lisa Carty
U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council
New York, New York
January 31, 2023


Thank you, Madam President.

Good morning. At the start of arguably the most consequential year for development since the UN’s creation, the United States welcomes this opportunity to discuss the critical role partnerships will play in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The United States is committed to the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, both at home and abroad. At their heart, the SDGs are about expanding economic opportunity, social justice, caring for our planet, good governance, and ensuring no one is left behind. That is the American mission at its core and that is why the United States is committed to the SDGs.

As shown in our 2022 report to Congress on the SDGs, U.S. Departments and Agencies partner domestically and globally to advance all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and promote peace and prosperity for all.

National leadership is vital, but the 2030 Agenda recognizes that the world has made the biggest strides and overcome its greatest challenges through partnership.

Delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind means leveraging all of the tools at our disposal to drive creative and pragmatic problem-solving across the international and multilateral system, as well as fostering innovative partnerships to mobilize a wide array of resources both at home and abroad.

Our strategies to achieve the SDGs, like the goals themselves, must be integrated and mutually reinforcing, leveraging the vision, expertise, and determination at all levels of society to address the complex challenges we face.

The contributions of regional and local actors, civil society, the private sector, academics, and community leaders throughout society are vital to the achievement of the SDGs. The contributions of our partners are especially pertinent this year, given the vital role of local solutions and innovations in achieving the SDGs under review at the 2023 HLPF.

Domestically, we have welcomed and benefited from the vision and hard work of U.S. cities, states and communities, universities and companies, and NGOs and foundations at all levels to advance the SDGs. The U.S. approach to sustainable development is a whole-of-society one, and much of it begins, as it should, at the local level, far from Washington. This subnational leadership is a particular strength of the American model of locally-led, bottom-up development, informed by our grassroots democratic institutions and commitment to human rights.

Globally, twenty-three U.S. federal agencies are active in building public-private partnerships to address global challenges from peace and security to climate change. For example, the Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, has used public private partnerships to help facilitate work with over 1,600 partners and mobilize more than $3.7 billion in public and private sector resource commitments to diplomacy and development outcomes.

In closing, let me say that we all know how critical this moment is as we approach the halfway mark of the SDGs when so many goals have been set back and when our communities depend on our getting back on track. We look forward to collaborating with you to ensure the success of the 2030 agenda.

Thank you.