SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Suzanne Harerimana, 24, harvests vegetables from her kitchen garden in Mirehe Colin, Mpinga commune, Rutana province, Burundi. These kitchen gardens are an initiative by UNICEF and WFP to help families improve their diet and fight malnutrition (Photo: Kevin Ouma / Arete)

The final Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) aims to revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development and strengthen the means of implementation of all of the goals; at the heart of SDG 17 is partnership and cooperation between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon a shared vision and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at all levels of civil society.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development says that to achieve the SDGs will require between $5 and $7 trillion in annual investment. However, as of 2016, only 6 countries were meeting the international target to keep official development assistance at or above 0.7% of gross national income. With the world being more interconnected than ever, improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to foster innovation and make the SDGs more attainable for many of the worlds developing countries.


We are already seeing this cooperation at a UN Agency level with joint missions carried out where both agencies have similar goals. In Burundi we worked on a joint mission between UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) to create films and stories to highlight solutions to malnutrition; Through this cooperation, UNICEF and the WFP were able to achieve excellent coverage across Burundi and raise awareness about malnutrition worldwide.

To mark the first UN summit on the SDGs on 24th and 25th September 2019, we have been publishing a daily blog on how we help organisations to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out our blogs here.