World trade is expected to decline by 40% in 2020.

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Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

17.1

Mobilize resources to improve domestic revenue collection

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

17.2

Implement all development assistance commitments

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 financial resources for developing countries

Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources.

17.4

Assist developing countries in attaining debt sustainability

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

Invest in least developed countries

Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries.

17.6

Knowledge sharing and cooperation for access to science, technology and innovation

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 sustainable technologies to developing countries

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

Strengthen the science, technology and innovation capacity for least developed countries

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.

17.9

Enhance sdg capacity in developing countries

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.

17.10

Promote a universal trading system under the WTO

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

Increase the exports of developing countries

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

Remove trade barriers for least developed countries

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.

17.13

Enhance global macroeconomic stability

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

17.14

Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

17.15

Respect national leadership to implement policies for the sustainable development goals

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

17.16

Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development

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 effective partnerships

Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships, Data, monitoring and accountability.

17.18

Enhance availability of reliable data

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

Further develop measurements of progress

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.

Current Situation

The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation in our increasingly global economy.

Coordinating policies to help developing countries manage their debt, as well as promoting investment for the least developed, is vital for sustainable growth and development.

Promoting international trade, and helping developing countries increase their exports is all part of achieving a universal rules-based and equitable trading system that is fair and open and benefits all.

Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation.

Impact Opportunity

The SDGs currently require $5-$7 trillion in annual investment to achieve however the total official development assistance was only $147.2 billion in 2017, which falls far short of what is required of the international community.

In 2016, only six countries met their target to keep official development assistance above 0.7 of gross national income. The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to intensify the severity of this issue.

It is estimated global foreign direct investment will drop by up to 40% in 2020 and remittances to low and middle-income countries are expected to fall from $554 billion in 2019 to $445 billion in 2020.

It is estimated global foreign direct investment will drop by up to 40% in 2020.

Progress

"We desperately need more collaboration between AI researchers and the physical and social sciences in order to drive innovation in the social good sectors. There’s a lot of work that could be using machine learning techniques, that could be leveraging the data that’s being collected and is out there today, and that could be collecting more and better data for tomorrow, but it’s not."

James Hodson, AI for Good Foundation

James Hodson spoke to Reuters, in their new series AI Experts. 
Read the interview here.

Resources

Shared Datasets

The project looks at the broader ways in which universities can collaborate in support of the SDGs and lists partnerships in a ranking system.

Real time data on on-going SDG progress.

The Danish Institute developed and trained an algorithm to link human rights recommendations to the corresponding SDG(s).

Compiled by the World Bank, this dataset measures officially-recorded remittance inflows (remittances received) per country in 2020.

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Official development assistance (ODA) is defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee as government aid that promotes and targets the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

Publications

Goal Partners

World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

The EDF works with scientists, economists, policy experts, and professionals around the world to better understand the problems we face and to design and implement innovative, sustainable solutions.

School Girls Unite

School Girls Unite works to tackle prejudice against girls worldwide while expanding their freedom and opportunities through education and leadership. The organization believes that education is the best way to end poverty, improve global health, and bring about a more peaceful world.

One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted works together with reforestation organizations around the world to fund the planting of trees that help stabilize the climate, provide habitat for biodiversity, and create sustainable jobs.

We’re applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to measure and accelerate progress on the United Nations SDGs. » Learn more

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