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Partnerships for the goals?

“In an age where community involvement and partnerships with civil society are increasingly being recognized as indispensable, there is clearly a growing potential for cooperative development and renewal worldwide.”  – Kofi Annan

These are the words of Kofi Annan, the seventh secretary general of the United Nations. The 2030 Agenda is packed, there are many ambitious goals to be achieved but before we can contribute we have to understand.

One of the most ambiguous goals is Sustainable Development Goal 17 “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”. It recognizes multi-stakeholder partnerships as tools for sharing knowledge and expertise to support the achievement of the goals in all territories of the world.

The objective of the goal is to connect people from all sectors, urging them to cooperate in planning how to achieve the 2030 agenda. In order to have maximum effect, these partnerships need to engage and be shared to all parts of the world, especially developing countries, to even attempt equalising standards all around the planet.

This goal is incredibly important as it binds the other goals together. It is divided into 5 different areas: finance, capacity building, systemic issues, technology and trade. Instead of further describing these, let me share a fact.

“While official development assistance from developed countries increased by 66 percent between 2000 and 2014, humanitarian crises brought on by conflict or natural disasters continue to demand financial resources and aid.”  Sustainable Development Fund

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What can we do to contribute?

We have a huge advantage these days, more so than ever before. Nowadays, information can be passed along incredibly easily. We all have the capacity to think of innovative ideas and to contribute to the agenda. You never know who will create a concept that will change the world. It is our duty to inform ourselves, to exchange knowledge and together come up with plans for the future. It’s not that easy to say “I want to contribute to SDG #17” but just trying is already a huge step.

Promoting financial aid for developing countries can be incredibly helpful as well. One outcome of global partnerships, except for an exchange of knowledge, is financial aid for territories that can benefit from it hugely. By sharing the message, we can have a powerful impact in contributing to achieving this Sustainable Development Goal and creating a better future.

It was Cicero who said “We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.”

As an individual, having an impact is nearly impossible but if we unite, the possibilities are endless and our impact can be limitless.

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