Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 16 & Goal 17
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
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One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 16 aims to ensure we promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, and Goal 17 aims to ensure there is a strong, developed and sustainable partnership to ensure the goals are met financially and technologically and through policy, trade and data monitoring.
In order to achieve any of the goals, it is important that we are engaging people and organisations at all levels for their achievement as part of Goal 17. However, the organisations contributing towards the achievement of the goals must also be effective, accountable and transparent, as stated in Target 16.6. These organisations must also ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels (Target 16.7) and must be free from corruption and bribery in all their forms (Target 16.5).
Target 17.5 touches on the need to respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development. To do this, it is vital that we act in a diplomatic manner, which rests at the core of Goal 16.
Targets 17.18 and 17.19 looks specifically at data, monitoring and accountability. In order to achieve these targets, it is important that we are addressing associated targets in Goal 16, such as the aforementioned Targets 16.5 and 16.6.