The following key principles shed light on some of the most important steps that should be taken by International Organisations in pursuing co-ordination activities.

1. Mapping Potential Partners for Co-ordination

To know who to co-operate with, IOs need to identify who is active in the area they are working in. With the growing number of international actors of different nature with often overlapping mandates, this is not always self-evident.


2. Agreeing on common objectives in principle between IOs

IOs often pursue different goals that are directly related to their mandate and constituency. However, to co-ordinate normative action effectively, IOs need to find the shared objectives which will help structure the collaboration. Indeed, collective goals of co-ordination are essential for tackling complex global issues adequately. Agreeing common objectives is therefore a prerequisite for initiating detailed steps of co-operation. Dialogue on mutual objectives early on in the international rulemaking process – and as a first step for co-ordination – provides for a meaningful way to define early on the common objectives for the collaboration exercise.


3. Developing Guidance and Reviewing Past/ on-going Co-ordination Approaches

Preparing a whole-of-organisation guidance document on co-ordination possibilities can help IO staff identify the right approach. Having such a guidance document may help to ensure the close co-operation between IOs, which in turn would help them to minimise duplications and overlaps of work, creating more clarity for their constituency and interested stakeholders on use of their instruments.


4. Enhancing Co-ordination in Data Collection and Research Activities

In their everyday work, many IOs first and foremost act as data hubs. They provide the framework to “orchestrate” the sharing of evidence among their constituencies in their respective areas in various forms (raw, compiled in databases, analysed in thematic or country reports). To mutualise the benefits of this sharing of evidence and make even broader information and evidence available to the wider public, IOs may find it useful to co-ordinate in their data collection and research activities.





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