SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals

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#17 Partnerships for the Goals

The final goal deals with effective ways to facilitate and accelerate development through strengthening and revitalizing global partnerships. The main objectives of this goal cover five specific areas: finance, technology, capacity building, trade, and systematic issues.

  • Finance: Targets strengthening domestic resource mobilization with additional international support as well as assistance in attaining long-term sustainability in debt financing, relief, and restructuring. Also important is developed countries’ assistance commitments of at least 0.7 per cent of their respective GDP (1.5-2.0 per cent aid for least developed countries)[1].
  • Technology: In order to make technology and subsequent advancements in science and innovation accessible to all countries, it is important to improve the coordination on knowledge sharing. Ensuring that these technologies are environmentally sound is equally important and by 2017, a theoretical technology, science, and innovation bank should be operationalized in least developed countries.
  • Capacity Building: The partnerships goal includes increasing efforts to enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries so that they can make headway in executing the sustainable development goals.
  • Trade: By ensuring a universal, rules-based, open and equitable multilateral trade system, targets for increasing the exports of developing countries to at least double by 2020 is possible. The goal also encourages their indefinite access to a duty and quota-free market.
  • Systematic Issues: The following systematic issues involved with strengthening the means of implementation of the SDGs and the revitalization of global partnerships for sustainable development include issues of policy and institutional coherence, multi-stakeholder partnerships, data monitoring, and accountability. Therefore, the issues discussed are global macroeconomic instability, policy incoherence to sustainable development, lack of global partnerships, and lack of timely and high quality data. Data that is separated by gender, age, race, ethnicity, minority status, disability, geographic location to name a few, provides useful information for policy creation and prioritization to help accelerate development sustainably and effectively.

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Targets included in this goal:



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


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


Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources


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


Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries



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


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


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



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



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


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


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

Systemic issues

Policy and Institutional coherence


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


Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development


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


Multi-stakeholder 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


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


Data, monitoring and accountability


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


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

[1] United Nations, 2015. Sustainable Development: Knowledge Platform, Sustainable Development Goals. New York.

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