Sustainable Development Goal 17

Partnerships For the Goals

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.

SDG 17 Partnerships

"The number of Internet users in Africa almost doubled in the past four years."


Urgent action is needed to mobilize, redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on sustainable development objectives. Long-term investments, including foreign direct investment, are needed in critical sectors, especially in developing countries. These include sustainable energy, infrastructure and transport, as well as information and communications technologies.


The public sector will need to set a clear direction. Review and monitoring frameworks, regulations and incentive structures that enable such investments must be retooled to attract investments and reinforce sustainable development. National oversight mechanisms such as supreme audit institutions and oversight functions by legislatures should be strengthened.


SDG 17 Partnerships

Facts and Figures

SDG 17 Partnerships
  • Official development assistance stood at $146.6 billion in 2017. This represents a decrease of 0.6 percent in real terms over 2016.
  • The debt burden on developing countries remains stable at about 3 percent of export revenue.
  • 30 percent of the world’s youth are digital natives, active online for at least five years.
  • But more than four billion people do not use the Internet, and 90 percent of them are from the developing world.

Information cited from the UN

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