Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 17

Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Goal 17, the last of the sustainable development goals, focuses on the key areas to be addressed in order to ensure that the SDGs are implemented, highlighting the essential role of partnerships in this process.

In recognition of the need for adequate resources to implement the goals, the first five targets relate to resource mobilization for the SDGs through development aid and other sources, as well as developing policies to foster debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring; and promoting investment.

According to this report, Sub-Saharan African countries have generated an average of 20% of their GDP through public revenue generation and are projected to only make slight gains on government revenue generation by 2030. Greater efforts are needed in this area in order to achieve target 17.1.

The goal also includes targets on the promotion of science and innovation;  supporting capacity building in science and technology, monitoring and evaluation and for the implementation of the SDGs in general; promoting trade, and increasing exports for developing countries, with a more specific target to double developing countries’ share of exports in the global market by 2020.

Finally, targets on policy and institutional coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships highlight the importance of sound, coherent policies and macroeconomic stability in the successful implementation of the SDGs, as well as the role partnerships for the achievement of the goals.

Proposed targets:

17.1 Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

17.2 Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

17.3 Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources

17.4 Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

17.5 Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries

Technology

17.6 Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism

17.7 Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed

17.8 Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

Capacity-building

17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation

Trade

17.10 Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

17.11 Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020

17.12 Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access

Systemic issues

Policy and institutional coherence

17.13 Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

17.15 Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

Multi-stakeholder partnerships

17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experiences and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability

17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, 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

17.19 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

This brings us to the end of the Sustainable Development Goals series on UONGOZI Institute’s blog. The complete series of articles can be found here. For more information on UONGOZI Institute and it’s work on sustainable development, please visit our website or email info@uongozi.or.tz.

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