To address global challenges, it is necessary to mobilise several resources from different stakeholders, namely governments, civil society, private sector, academia, and citizens to come together and establish strong multi-stakeholder partnerships and cooperation at the global, regional, national and local levels.

Technology development, financial resources, and capacity building provided by stakeholders should be used effectively to achieve all SDGs. Capacity building refers to empowering individuals and organisations to enable them to support themselves. Official Development Assistance (ODA) refers to financial aid provided by developed countries for developing countries and it is a measure for aid flow. To build strong and global partnerships, communication is essential, so investments in communication infrastructure are essential to increase internet access and broadband connections.

International cooperation is crucial to support national plans, data collection, and statistical research to fulfil Agenda 2030, to promote investment and help developing countries to increase their exports. Besides, investments in education and learning in developing countries is essential to promote development in the long term.

SDG 17, has a macro perspective about SDGs, however education and in particular vocational training can contribute to the achievement of this SDG, providing students with knowledge, skills, and competencies important for the establishment of partnerships, such as the capacity for mobilisation, negotiation, and cooperation. Schools, in particular vocational schools, are an example of the importance of establishing partnerships mainly with the private sector, to develop internships with students among other activities.

Action Areas

  • Network acting

    Network acting

    To address the uncertainty and complexity of global challenges, individuals need to have the knowledge, abilities, and skills to establish partnerships at all levels (local, national, international). Individuals should have the capacity to look for synergies, build stronger multi-stakeholder partnerships, and join or create networks to share knowledge, expertise, and financial resources. Individuals can contribute to this SDG through the participation in a youth network or movement for SDGs, or the participation in activities involving different partnerships (local authorities, private sector, among others).
  • Awareness Raising

    Awareness Raising

    International cooperation programmes are included in SDG 17. In this case, the establishment of partnerships between different international stakeholders is essential for more effective cooperation. To promote international cooperation, citizens can have a role in influencing policies of the government, business, or multilateral organisations (for example, the United Nations) with a global impact on issues as ODA or policy coherence. Besides this, citizens can work as change agents for sustainable development and international cooperation, developing projects of fundraising to support education in developing countries.
  • Conscious and proactive action

    Conscious and proactive action

    Currently, with technological development in particular in the areas of communication, people are more connected and closer despite the physical distance. Greater access to information allows citizens, as consumers, to make more informed decisions able to reflect concerns about social justice and sustainability. Besides, easy travel allows for the easier establishment of partnerships and relationships with international organisations. As consumers, individuals can buy fairtrade products and be concerned with the product supply chain to ensure that they take ethical principles into account. As citizens, they can choose to do solidary and sustainable tourism or integrate international volunteering programmes to contribute to the global common good.
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