The SDGs call for “a spirit of strengthened global solidarity.” Problems that cross geographies and sectors require collaboration that does as well.
The good news is that we’re seeing a variety of players step up for the SDGs, from youth activists striking for climate action to cities embracing sustainable living conditions to corporations embedding sustainability into their core plans.
This is important, but more solidarity is needed, especially when it comes to mobilizing financing and reaching the furthest behind. Governments alone can’t achieve the SDGs, but they have a key role to play, and they need to play it better. In 2018, Official Development Assistance declined 2.7 percent – just one example of an area that needs improvement. The international community must mobilize adequate and targeted financing both domestically and internationally, including improving domestic revenue mobilization and meeting commitments for development assistance.
“End poverty in all its forms everywhere.”
Extreme poverty has been cut by more than half since 1990. Still, around 1 in 10 people live on less than the target figure of international-$1.90 per day. A very low poverty threshold is justified by highlighting the need of those people who are worst off. SDG 1 is to end extreme poverty globally by 2030.
“Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.“
Increasing international cooperation is seen as vital to achieving each of the 16 previous goals. Goal 17 is included to assure that countries and organizations cooperate instead of compete. Developing multi-stakeholder partnerships to share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial support is seen as critical to overall success of the SDGs. Public-private partnerships that involve civil societies are specifically mentioned.