Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Many of the goals laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have already been pursued for many years, but they have not yet been achieved. There are a number of reasons for this.

A great many structures still have to be improved and obstacles overcome. Above all, of course is the matter of finance. In spite of international agreements, countries do not yet provide enough funding for sustainable development. Some developing countries are so seriously indebted that they have practically no leeway. Unfair terms of global trade further aggravate this situation. And many initiatives are conducted on an isolated basis. Often important stakeholders are not involved, be it industry, the science and research community or civil society, with their result that their views are ignored. Potentials remain unharnessed, and measures are less effective and less sustainable than they could be.

What must be done?

Everybody is called on to do their bit: governments, the private sector, the science and research community and civil society in all countries must work as partners to realise the global goals. The various policy fields must also be better coordinated: industry, environment, education, social affairs, internal affairs and foreign policy need common sustainable strategies. The international community must deliver on its pledges and provide more money, especially for developing countries, which must also mobilise more resources themselves. Global trade must become more open and more equitable, and developing countries must gain easier access to export markets. They need free access to research and technology, and they need more global knowledge sharing.

Facts and figures

  • In 2015 the industrialised countries on average spent 0.3 per cent of their gross national income on development assistance. Within the framework of the UN, it has been agreed that countries should spend 0.7 per cent. A very small number of countries comply with this target (with Norway and Sweden among the few that do).
  • Between 2000 and 2014, the poorest countries on Earth almost doubled their share of global exports of goods from 0.6 to 1.1 per cent.
  • Developing countries export almost 80 per cent of their goods to developed countries free of customs duties.

17.1 Improve tax collection

Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

17.2 Compliance with commitments to development aid

Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

17.3 Mobilise additional financial resources for developing countries

Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources

17.4 Reduce indebtedness

Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

17.5 Encourage investments

Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries

17.6 Global knowledge sharing

Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism

17.7 Sustainable technologies for all

Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed

17.8 Bank for science and technology

Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

17.9 Capacity-building in developing countries

Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation

17.10 Fair trade

Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

17.11 Increase exports of developing countries

Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020

17.12 Reduce market barriers

Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access

17.13 Stabilise global markets

Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

17.14 Enhance policy coherence

Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

17.15 Respect each country's policy space

Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

17.16 Global partnerships

Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

17.17 Cooperation of civil society actors

Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

17.18 Better demographic data

By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts

17.19 Draw up new indicators for prosperity

By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

“The aim is to replace the traditional North-South partnership with a global partnership between equals. This means that unequal partners from all country groups need to be open to learning from one another and making relevant changes.”

Source: DIE

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