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Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the Means of Implementation and Revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

WHY GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS?

The seventeenths of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations aims to strengthen the global partnerships for sustainable development, based on the idea that all the Global Goals for Sustainable Development can only be achieved through strong global partnerships and cooperation. Unions and alliances between different actors - such as governments, the private sector and civil society - enable the mobilization and sharing of knowledge, technical capacity, technology and resources.

WHY ARE PARTNERSHIPS TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS SO IMPORTANT?

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, partnerships between all actors - governments, civil society, scientists, academia and the private sector - are essential. The 2030 Agenda calls on all countries, both developed and developing, to take action to ensure that no one is left behind.

As it is everyone's duty, each country will need to develop regular reviews to discuss progress, with the support of all stakeholders (business, civil society, etc.). It is also everyone's duty to encourage governments to partner with business in the implementation of the SDGs and to engage in initiatives that work towards their achievement.

According to the UN, in its 2021 SDG Progress Report, support from different actors for the achievement of the SDGs has been steady but fragile, with significant challenges. Financial resources remain scarce and trade tensions between countries have been increasing. In addition, the global pandemic of COVID-19 brings with it a decline in foreign direct investment and a drop in remittances. One of the few bright spots is at the technological level: today, more and more people have direct access to the internet to work, shop and connect with others. However, the digital divide is still huge.

Reversing this reality has become an overriding international objective. For this reason, it is vital to protect and continue partnerships to leave no one behind. Only the union of all actors will make it possible to achieve the goals set, which is why SDG 17 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda, is so important.

TARGETS

Within SDG 17, the specific targets set for 2030 are:

At the financial level: mobilize resources by providing international support to developing countries to enable them to better raise tax revenues. In addition, to help them achieve long-term debt sustainability. Also mobilize resources for and promote investment in countries most in need.

At the technological level: improve cooperation between countries in science, technology and innovation and access to them. It seeks to promote the development of environmentally sound technologies and their transfer and diffusion to developing countries.

At the capacity building level: increasing international support for effective and targeted capacity building activities in developing countries.

On systemic issues: pursuing policy and institutional coherence (enhancing global macroeconomic stability and improving policy coherence for sustainable development); enhancing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and encouraging the promotion of effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships; and building on existing initiatives for the development of indicators to measure progress on sustainable development.

Although growth has occurred in global contributions, there is still room to grow and meet the target. As an example, low-income countries are now more in need of financial support and statistics gathering systems to face their pandemic-caused issues.