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FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Call for good examples of partnerships for SDG achievement from EU countries

Deadline: 10 October 2018 

FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia is launching a call for good examples of partnerships from EU countries that support achievement of Sustainable Development Goals relating to food and agriculture. 

On 25 September 2015, the 193 Member Countries of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underpinned by 17 aspirational objectives – the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs – to guide collaborative actions by governments, international agencies, civil society and other institutions until 2030. The 2030 Agenda sets forth a transformational and ambitious plan that requires strengthening cooperation and global partnerships involving multiple actors in broad range of areas. 

With this call, FAO aims to collect good and innovative examples of partnerships in order to share them with a wider audience in the countries of Europe and Central Asia and beyond. 

The FAO Regional Office will review all partnership examples submitted. Institutions involved in the selected examples will be invited to present their experiences at a regional, multi-stakeholder dialogue with keynote speakers from governments, regional institutions, and non-state actors from the Europe and Central Asia region. The event is planned for the first half of 2019. 

The selected partnership examples will also be included in an FAO publication on partnership for the SDGs, which will be widely disseminated. 

Thematic scope
The thematic scope of the call covers good examples of partnerships for the SDGs established between or among state and non-state actors on:

a) SDG implementation: partnerships for the implementation of projects/programmes/policies related to sustainable food and agriculture in the context of the SDGs at national and subnational level. 

Considering that SDG implementation related to food and agriculture comprises a wide range of subtopics, applicants should refer to the below-listed 20 actions – identified by FAO as key for a transformational change of the food and agriculture sector for achievement of the SDGs – and clearly identify which action(s) the proposed examples contribute to.

  1. Facilitate access to productive resources, finance and services
  2. Connect smallholders to markets
  3. Encourage diversification of production and income
  4. Build producers’ knowledge and develop their capacities
  5. Enhance soil health and restore land
  6. Protect water and manage scarcity
  7. Mainstream biodiversity conservation and protect ecosystem functions
  8. Reduce losses, encourage reuse and recycle, and promote sustainable consumption
  9. Empower people and fight inequalities
  10. Promote secure tenure rights
  11. Use social protection tools to enhance productivity and income
  12. Improve nutrition and promote balanced diets
  13. Prevent and protect against shocks: enhance resilience
  14. Prepare for and respond to shocks
  15. Address and adapt to climate change
  16. Strengthen ecosystem resilience
  17. Enhance policy dialogue and coordination
  18. Strengthen innovation systems
  19. Adapt and improve investment and finance
  20. Strengthen the enabling environment and reform the institutional framework

For further details, please refer to Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve the SDGs: 20 Interconnected Actions to Guide Decision-makers

b) SDG nationalization: partnerships that facilitate and promote collaboration between state actors in areas related to food and agriculture or the engagement of non-state actors working in the food and agriculture sector in SDG national processes (e.g. these might relate to mechanisms and processes in place, such as SDG multi-stakeholder bodies, SDG monitoring and reporting, alignment of national policy frameworks, SDG localization). 

FAO pays close attention to gender issues and strongly suggests taking them into account in the documentation. 

This call focuses on good examples of partnerships from EU countries only. 

Eligibility criteria
Eligible candidates include governmental and non-governmental institutions (at national and subnational level), intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and non-state actors including academic and research centres, civil society organizations (CSOs), farmers’ organizations, the private sector, producer organizations and banks, and service or consultancy providers.

For the purposes of this call, “partnership” means any cooperation among the above-mentioned actors – be it official through a memorandum of understanding or other cooperation agreement, or unofficial, where cooperation takes place without signed cooperation agreements.


Deadline for submissions is 10 October 2018.

Submission requirements 

Submissions should comply with the following requirements:

  • Language:  English
  • Template:  as provided  here
  • Style:  submissions should be written in plain, concise language, and in a style that is accessible and meaningful to all readers
  • Visuals:  every submission should contain 2 or 3 high-resolution pictures, with photo credit, copyright and caption details for each
  • All citations of the work of other authors should be referenced at the end of the document.

Review process

All submissions will be reviewed by technical specialists with FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia – grouping and identifying good examples for inclusion in the publication. The authors may be contacted for additional information if needed.

Submission and contacts

Submissions should be sent as follows:

TO: Ms Valeria Rocca, International Consultant for SDG support, 


Ms. Darya Alekseeva, Partnerships Officer, 

Ms. Serena Y. Park, South-South Cooperation Officer

NOTE:  By responding to this call, the authors allow FAO and its partners to use the information provided in the submission, including for publication purposes.

For more information, please contact:  Ms. Valeria Rocca, International Consultant for SDG support