What Is SDG 17?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17 — also known as SDG 17 — revitalizes the global partnership for sustainable development. This post only focuses on goal 17. To learn about the other SDGs, click here.

What is SDG 17?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is universal and calls for action by all countries – developed and developing – to ensure no one is left behind. The Agenda and goal 17 require partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society. The SDGs can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation.

As part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, read this overview of why goal 17 matters.

Why is SDG 17 important?

Global partnerships are important for many reasons. Two of which are the ability to:

  1. Solve the world’s problems.
  2. Ensure no one is left behind.

The two major points outlined above are important because it champions global progress and aims to support and elevate each country and region, allowing everyone to live more supported lives across current and future generations.

  • The number of Internet users surged by 782 million to reach 4.9 billion people in 2021, or 63 percent of the global population.
  • The share of total SDG investment that went to least developed countries decreased from 19 percent in 2020 to 15 percent in 2021.

How does goal 17 work and measure success?

SDG 17 is broken down into five targets as a way to pace and work towards achieving this goal. The UN official graphics are included below and typed out below the image block.

The goal 17 targets

Target 17.1 mobilize resources to improve domestic revenue collection.

Target 17.2 implement all development assistance commitments.

Target 17.3 mobilize financial resources for developing countries.

Target 17.4 assist developing countries in attaining debt sustainability

Target 17.5 invest in least developed countries.

Target 17.6 knowledge sharing and cooperation for access to science, technology, and innovation.

Target 17.7 promote sustainable technologies to developing countries.

Target 17.8 strengthen the science, technology, and innovation capacity for least developed countries.

Target 17.9 enhance SDG capacity in developing countries.

Target 17.10 promote a universal trading system under the WTO.

Target 17.11 increase the exports of developing countries.

Target 17.12 remove trade barriers for least developed countries.

Target 17.13 enhance global macroeconomic stability.

Target 17.14 enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

Target 17.15 respect national leadership to implement policies for the sustainable development goals.

Target 17.16 enhance the global partnership for sustainable development/

Target 17.17 encourage effective partnerships.

Target 17.18 enhance availability of reliable data.

Target 17.19 further develop measurements of progress.

Read how the Sustainable Business Guide commits to SDG 17, here.


The United Nations. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Available at: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/globalpartnerships/ (Accessed: 6 June 2023)

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