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  • Writer's pictureCaterina Sullivan

#Goal17: #Partnerships for the #GlobalGoals

Updated: Nov 3, 2018

The last of the 17 goals is my favourite.

Because it's all about partnerships. It's all about working together.

There are so many targets in Goal 17 that they actually have sub-categories!

The first is finance

Target 17.1 aims to strengthen domestic resource mobilisation to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection. With a few large corporates still not paying their fair share of tax in Australia, mobilisation of financial resources to achieve the goals will be much more difficult. It will also be much more difficult to achieve Target 17.2 which requires developed countries to commit 0.7% of gross national income to their overseas development assistance budget, including 0.2% of GNI to the least developed countries. Another way to achieve this is to mobilise additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources.

Target 17.4 requires we assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring. We must also address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries in order to reduce debt stress. There's also a ned to adopt preventative measures such as the implementation of investment promotion regimes for least developed countries.

The next sub-category is technology.

Target 17.6 aims to enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international on and access to science, technology and innovation. Doing this will enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms.

Target 17.7 requires the promotion of the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries. This goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to #Goal9 and being an innovation nation. It also supports the objectives of Target 17.8 - to fully operationalise the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least-developed countries by 2017. This means enhancing the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communication technology.


Target 17.9 aims to enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity building in developing countries to support national plans to achieve the goals.

The sub-category of trade...

Target 17.10 requires countries to promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organisation. One way of doing this is to significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries' share of global exports by 2020.

Target 17.12 aims to realise timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least-developed countries. This can be done by ensuring preferential rules of origin which are applicable to imports from least developed countries, are transparent and simple and contribute to facilitating market access.

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The last sub-category is systemic issues which includes sub-sub-categories (bear with me here) on policy and institutional coherence, multi-stakeholder partnerships and data, monitoring and accountability.

Target 17.13 refers to global macroeconomic stability through policy coordination and policy coherence. It is important to note here that policy coherence must be targeted towards sustainable development, something Global Goals Australia is very committed to achieving through our work with federal, state and local government. While we must all work together to achieve policy coherence, it is also essential to respect each country's policy space and leadership - their sovereignty if you will - in order for each country to address the issues of poverty, inequality and climate change how they best see fit.

We all know by now that the Global Goals won't be achieved unless we all work together. This includes enhancing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and using multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support the achievement of the goals. These partnerships must be public, public-private and within civil society. This is one of the key aims of the Global Goals Australia Campaign.

Target 17.18 aims to enhance capacity-building support 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 (such as Indigenous heritage in Australia). The reasoning behind this is simple: if we don't know where we are now, we won't be able to know how far we've come by 2030. We also won't know if we have improved the lives of a select socio-cultural group of people or if we've actually worked towards improving the lives of the people who need it most.

The last of the 169 targets is Target 17.9: 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.

If you are passionate about seeing immediate action taken on achieving the goals through partnerships in Australia and in our neighbouring countries, check out “Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals” and head over to our “What Can I Do?” page to see how you can become involved in achieving the Global Goals!

This article was originally published on the Global Goals Australia Campaign website.


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