Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Goal 17 is about revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda is universal and calls for action by all countries – developed and developing – to ensure no one is left behind. It requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society. The Sustainable Development Goals can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation.
Significant challenges remain. Official development assistance (ODA) has not reached the targeted level; private investment flows are not well aligned with sustainable development; there continues to be a significant digital divide; and there are on-going trade tensions. To be successful, everyone will need to mobilize both existing and additional resources and developed countries will need to fulfill their official development assistance commitments.
Facts and Figure
Goal 17 Targets
Facts and Figure
- In 2021, net ODA flows amounted to $177.6 billion, an increase of 3.3 per cent in real terms from 2020, representing 0.33 per cent of donors’ combined gross national income (GNI). Despite hitting a new peak, it still fell short of the 0.7 per cent target.
- In 2021, 150 countries and territories reported implementing a national statistical plan, up from 132 in 2020.
- ODA for data and statistics amounted to $650 million in 2020, a slight decline from $662 million in 2019. The overall trend in funding for this sector has remained stagnant at 0.3 per cent of total ODA.
- Total external debt stocks of low- and middle-income countries rose by 5.3 per cent in 2020 to $8.7 trillion, driven by an increase in long-term debt, which rose by 6 per cent to $6.3 trillion.
- In low-income countries, the total public and publicly guaranteed debt service to export ratio rose from 3.1 per cent in 2011 to 8.8 per cent in 2020.
- The number of Internet users surged by 782 million to reach 4.9 billion people in 2021, or 63 per cent of the global population.
- Fixed broadband subscriptions continue to grow steadily, reaching a global average of 17 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2021. In least developed countries, fixed broadband remains a privilege of the few, with only 1.4 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.
- Global foreign direct investment flows rebounded strongly in 2021, reaching $1.58 trillion, up 64 per cent from 2020.
- Foreign direct investment flows in developing economies increased by 30 per cent, to nearly $837 billion. Flows in least developed countries saw a more modest growth of 13 per cent.
- International investment in SDG-related sectors in developing countries increased by 70 per cent in 2021. Most of the growth came from renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects.
- The share of total SDG investment that went to least developed countries decreased from 19 per cent in 2020 to 15 per cent in 2021.
- In 2021, remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries reached $605 billion, up 8.6 per cent from 2020. The cost of sending money across international borders continued to remain high, at 6.0 per cent, double the 3 per cent target.
- Remittance flows are projected to increase by 4.2 per cent to reach $630 billion in 2022, less than half the growth seen in 2021.
Goal 17 Targets