Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 2 & 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 2 aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, 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.
Achieving food security in developing nations is essential for the success of the Global Goals. Out of the 795 million people around the world who go hungry each year, 98% live in developing nations. That is why Goal 17 is so important for the achievement of Goal 2 – to promote overseas development assistance and private sector involvement in developing countries.
It is also vital that we look to technology (Target 17.6 to 17.8) to see how we can be innovative in our approach to sustainable agricultural practices in order to improve and develop our trading relationships (Target 17.10 to 17.12) with other countries.