SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17 aims to revitalize and enhance the ability for governments, civil society, the private sector, the UN and other stakeholders to mobilize the necessary resources. Improving effective support for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and small island states, is essential to equal progress for all. Failing to leverage global partnerships will result in wasted money, wasted time and wasted lives. When governments, businesses and civil society focus on their areas of expertise and collaborate on solutions, we can improve efficiency and ensure everyone is aware of the priority actions they can take to address their areas of responsibility.

You might also be able to align your teaching to this SDG if you want your students to be able to:

  • Address global issues, and the importance of global multi-stakeholder partnerships and the shared accountability for sustainable development.
  • Articulate and measure indicators of progress on sustainable development.
  • Create awareness campaigns about the importance of global partnerships for sustainable development.
  • Collaborate to promote global partnerships for sustainable development and demand government accountability for the SDGs.
  • Describe behaviours of active, critical, global and sustainable citizens.
  • Design policies promoting global partnerships and sustainable development.

You might consider having your students reflect, share, act in some of these ways:

  • Encourage students to find groups in your local community that seeks to mobilize action on the implementation of the SDGs.
  • Partner with businesses for the implementation of the SDGs. Start making the links between research, teaching, industry, and public organizations.
  • Stay connected on social media and tell people about your SDG work by using the hashtag #GlobalGoals. Keep track of how your country is doing to meet their commitments.
  • Connect with schools in your community to implement a shared resource program or a combined activity day to encourage shared action and partnerships. Join together for a mini conference, a project fair or something else that gets everyone involved and engaged.


Some curricular connections and questions for students might be:

Media – How is development reported in the media? What role does the media play in ensuring the Global Goals are met?

Environment – How can development remain environmentally conscious?

Poverty, wealth, and power – How are “North-South” partnerships for poverty reduction changing development? Do wealthy countries have unique obligations to implement the Global Goals?

Indigenous Peoples – Why is Indigenous knowledge important in creating sustainable development policies and practices? How can Indigenous knowledge be incorporated into procedures?

Peace and conflict – How does war and conflict affect our ability to reach the Global Goals? How can we encourage peace and conflict mediation at a local, national, and international level?

Oppression and genocide – How does oppression impact the distribution of social, economic, and political benefits of development?

Gender politics – What are important considerations for ensuring gender equality in international development?

Social justice and human rights – What basic human rights are affected by the Global Goals? How will achieving the Global Goals improve human rights around the world?

Health and biotechnology – How can we work together globally to ensure Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being for all? Can biotechnology play a role?

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