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This week: The prosperity of cross-sector partnerships

“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

– John F. Kennedy

These were the words of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States of America.
He states, that since our problems are caused by us, they can be solved by us, and that we can be as big as we want. That is what SDG #17 Partnerships for the Goals is all about, to create purposeful partnerships and by doing so, increase the exchange of knowledge among different sectors and offer financial support so as to achieve great things.

michelangelo-abstract-boy-child-73805This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

The World Economic Forum hosts an annual meeting in Switzerland in Davos-Klosters, aimed at fostering the collaboration between the industries’ top leaders and to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of every year. This meeting is heppend this week. On January 19th, Antonio Guterres, the new Secretary General of the United Nations, spoke there and called for stronger partnerships with the business sector to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty. He went on to say, that collaborations with the private sector are incremental, to develop new areas in the economy, while ensuring mutual support to the public and private sectors.

“The best allies of all those that want to make sure that the Paris Agreement is implemented, the best allies today in the world are probably in the business sector and it is very important to fully mobilize them” he stated.

On that note, at the same conference Unilever’s Lifebuoy and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, joined forces and committed to tackling preventable diseases and save hundreds of thousands of lives of young, vulnerable children. By doing so, they will not only be contributing to SDG 17 but will as well make huge advances for SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being and SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation.

AIESEC and Unilever started their partnership around 10 years ago, with a refreshment occurring last year. The purpose of it, was to give them access to voices of young people all around the world and to mobilize them to contribute to the SDGs while developing their leadership.

“The SDGs set out a positive vision for the future, but it will need collective action to get there. It is in the interest of business, government and civil society alike to accelerate progress towards this vision.”

Unilever having this goal, shows that they are committed to doing their part towards contributing to the 2030 agenda. Having set an objective of aligning all of their sub-products to one or more SDGs, they show that they are truly a progressive brand and ready to commit to making a change hand-in-hand with young people.

Partnerships are the key to unlocking many possibilities in terms of contributing to the Global Goals and it is vital that we show our support to anyone who tries to help.

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