Following lengthy negotiations, the fifty-eight session of the United Nations
General Assembly adopted on 19 December Resolution A/RES/58/129, “Towards Global
Partnerships,” which outlines general principles and institutional lessons
learned regarding partnerships and the role of the private sector in the work of
the United Nations. The resolution takes note of the Global Compact and welcomes
The consensus resolution represents a key intergovernmental endorsement of partnerships in general and the Global Compact in particular. “In essence, the resolution constitutes a renewal of the initiative’s operating license,” said Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact Office. “It’s a strong sign of governmental appreciation and recognition for the work done by the UN Secretariat.” Governments will revisit the issue again in two years, at which time the Secretary-General will have to prepare a report on relevant developments.
As requested in a previous General Assembly resolution, the debate was informed by a report prepared by the Global Compact Office (A/58/277).