UN Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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Goal 17 calls for increased international cooperation in the implementation of all the Sustainable Development Goals. Progress remains uneven across the target areas of the 2030 Agenda. In order to correct this, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and all other stakeholders must work together to build global partnerships for sustainable development.

The indicators of Goal 17 fall into the categories finance, technology, capacity building, trade, and systemic issues. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the flow of financial resources, especially to least developed nations.
  • Enhancing technological transfer, in particular information and communication technologies.
  • Helping countries build capacity for implementing the Sustainable Development goals through regional cooperation as well as official development assistance (ODA).
  • Promoting a universal, multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization (WTO), especially by reducing tariffs and increasing the global share of exports from developing countries.
  • Addressing issues of policy coherence and institutional stability through multi-stakeholder partnerships, data collection and statistical monitoring, and national frameworks for increasing institutional capacity.

In this collection, we hear from experts at a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, about how the use of open data can improve both the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. Open data can increase transparency and improve accountability, showing where governments are spending money and where more effort is necessary. We also learn about how tech experts are creating bridges between Israel and Palestine in the piece by Melissa Jun Rowley. 

Read on to learn why investment in sustainability is still not reaching least development countries. Why are the countries that need funding to improve their infrastructure the most not receiving it? The two pieces by Tina Rosenberg also offer a valuable perspective by showing us that all aid is not created equally. Instead of simply sending food or short-term volunteers, how can affluent countries do more to actually empower communities in need? 

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