SDG 17 Courses: Partnerships for the Goals

In order achieve all sustainable development goals there need to be partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sectors, built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals. People and the planet need to be placed at the center and goals need to be reached on all levels-global, regional, national and local. Nevertheless, the statistics show that in 2017, an official development assistance was $ 146.6 billion, which represents a decrease of 0.6 per cent compared to 2016. Developing countries still face the debt burden at three per cent of export, while 79 per cent of imports from developing countries enter duty free developed countries. Even though the number of Internet in African countries has almost doubled in the past four years and around 30 per cent of young people in the world are active online for at least five years, there are still around four billion people who do not use the Internet and 90 per cent of them live in developing countries.

World leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 with a goal to end poverty, fight the climate change and tackle inequalities in societies. To achieve these sustainable goals everyone needs to come together, including governments, civil society actors, scientists, the private sector and academia. Thus, the goal here is to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

There is a lot of support for implementation of SDG, but major challenges remain, such as growing number of global population that needs access to the Internet. To tackle these issues there needs to be mobilization of all resources, including technology development, financial resources and capacity building. Developed countries should fulfill their official development assistance commitments. Partnerships on all range of levels are crucial to producing inter-linkages between SDGs in order to improve their effectiveness. Achieving SDGs is primarily the responsibility of countries and their governments. Reviews of progress on achieving the goals will need to be undertaken in every country on a regular basis, and it should involve other actors such as civil society, interest groups and businesses. On regional levels, countries will share their experiences on tackling common issues. Each year, the United Nations will organize and host the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, where country representatives will discuss progress made on global level and in this way identify emerging issues and gaps and recommend corrective action.

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