Partnerships and intersectoral action

The SDGs are interconnected and cross-cutting in nature, designed to overcome silos and take advantage of synergies through intersectoral action and collaboration with partners. Their implementation requires the collective effort of governments, civil society, the private sector, the international community and individuals. Coordination and partnership among United Nations agencies to improve health and well-being is crucial to ensure that efforts are joint, harmonized and streamlined across the entities involved.

At the regional level, several United Nations issue-based coalitions facilitate the achievement of the SDGs. WHO/Europe leads the coalition on health and is part of the coalition on gender (formerly the Regional Working Group on gender), which supports the implementation of Goal 5 (to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). These coalitions were established by and report to the United Nations Regional Coordination Mechanism for Europe and Central Asia.

WHO/Europe is well placed to bring a wide range of actors together in pursuit of the SDGs. For example, the long-standing collaboration between health and environment sectors has produced compelling results. The European Environment and Health Process has put in practice a multisectoral approach to address the environmental determinants of health. The Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) is another example of successful intersectoral collaboration undertaken in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).