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
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.
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