23 August 2018

#SDGsinAcademia: Goal 17

As part of the ongoing campaign on the Sustainable Development Goals carried out by the United Nations, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is presenting a weekly series of articles on #SDGSinAcademia that highlights the importance of higher education in achieving the Goals. Featuring additional sources for use by faculty and students alike, this series is intended to inspire action on the SDGs and showcase activities and initiatives of UNAI member institutions.

23 August 2018 - This week we are featuring in our #SDGsinAcademia series Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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

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

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

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 experience 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

What are UNAI member institutions doing about Goal 17? Here are some examples:

Miami Dade College (United States) developed the Honors College to brought together rigorous academics, global perspective, leadership experiences, and an experienced faculty to create a rich and distinguished learning experience. The programme has had an active participation for instance, in the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. Over 45 Honors College and 4 faculty members joined this seminar which focuses on fostering networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change. 

Antonio Meneghetti Faculdade (Brazil) established a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci (Italy). Five students of Antonio Meneghetti Faculdade had the support of the institution to travel to Italy in order to enhance their global citizenship skills and global perspectives, including learning another culture as well as a new language in one of the four schools of the host institution, located in the cities of Florence, Milan, Siena and Rome. 

Pompeu Fabra University (Spain) coordinates HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation), which is an European project that seeks to promote the integration of responsible research and innovation within the education of future scientists, engineers and professionals. HEIRRI has taken into account aspects such as public engagement, gender equality, open access, science education, ethics and governance, involving 9 partners from 6 different countries.

Newcastle University (United Kingdom) established the Newcastle University Global Challenges Academy (NU GCA), which has been developed to encourage and support problem-and-solution focused, transformative research and to maximise the likelihood of improving social welfare and economic development in partner countries. The NU GCA explicitly aims to build capacity of Newcastle academics and their low and middle income countries based partners to address global challenges.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and in particular its Energy Policy and Development Centre, coordinates the PROMITHEASnet on Energy and Climate Change policy issues, aimed to enhance the bonds of scientific cooperation on those areas and composed by 26 universities in 16 countries, and also the BSEC – Green Energy Network, consisted of centres and national administrative bodies and organizations mandated to promote energy efficiency measures and policies.

The University of Pretoria (South Africa) has a Centre for Human Rights which offers among its various academic initiatives, a Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa. It brings together graduates from various countries across the African continent. Furthermore, the course is organized in collaboration with the law schools of 13 partner universities in Africa, aiming to create a vibrant network of lawyers and academics specialised in human rights. 

Kobe City University (Japan) Associate Professor, Lori Zenuk-Nishide and International Relations students Saeko Yoshimatsu and Nanako Ueda, participated as academic stakeholders in the sixty-sixth UN DPI/NGO Conference “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Together", that took place Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. The event highlighted the critical role that NGOs, academia and youth play in achieving the SDGs in collaboration with national governments.

Wenzhou Medical University (China) provides students from Burundi special scholarships to pursue medical studies in the institution. Their country of origin has an acute shortage of doctors and nurses and a lack of development in the field of medicine due to a number of factors, including lack of resources. In 2017, the first batch of 9 Burundian students went to this university to study Clinical Medicine and Eye and Optometry with the support of the new programme.

Western Sydney University (Australia) is host to a UN endorsed Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, namely RCE Greater Western Sydney and is already working in this space regionally. Its vision is to establish itself as a model of how linked challenges can be addressed through an integrated process of collaboration. Its partners, include the region's educational institutions, organizations, businesses, community groups and local governments.

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) hosted a one-day summit to form partnerships for achieving the SDGs among governments, business and civil society actors. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a partner of UNAI, gave a keynote address on the role of universities in delivering on the SDGs. Others discussed how various sectors are organized for “bringing Agenda 2030 home”, using an integrated and collaborative approach.

Here you can take a look to a selection of the Activity Reports submitted by UNAI member institutions.


The following resources can help improving your knowledge and understanding about Goal 17 in particular and also about the SDGs in general:

  • This is a comprehensive research guide made by the United Nations Library in Geneva listing resources about the SDGs in general and about each one of the Goals, including books and articles (some of which are fully available on line free of charge), UN documents such as resolutions and reports and additional resources.
  • The SDG Fund has created this online library featuring over 1,000 online publications. The publications are categorized by the Goals they represent, by geographical regions they relate to and by authors, to facilitate easy searchability. Each publication also has a short summary attached to it which helps with keyword searches.
  • This is an initiative supported by UNDP, UN-HABITAT and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, which offers a selection of tools such as concept notes, papers, case studies, compilation of best practices and guides providing contextual and practical information about the SDGs.
  • This is a guide entitled Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals intended for stakeholders and designed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to serve as an initial basis for implementing the SDGs.
  • This guide entitled Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities was also developed by the SDSN to help universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to accelerate their contributions to the SDGs highlighting the important role universities have in implementing the SDGs through their teaching, research, operations and leadership, and providing practical guidance and examples to inspire further action.
  • This guide entitled Sustainable Development Goals - Human Response Alignments features the human element of change and the human response corresponding to each of the SDGs in order to quicken the global conversation about vital issues and to encourage the movement that supports the vision of the SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Partnerships for the Goals

Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Partnerships for the Goals
United Nations: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is a job for everyone, not just a job for governments. Nikhil Chandavarkar, the Chief of Outreach and Communications in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Division of Sustainable Development, speaks to why global partnerships matter and provides some examples.