Meeting in a stadium, west Seoul, Gyeonggy, South Korea (37°34’ N – 126° 53’E) © Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Meeting at a stadium outside Seoul, capital of South Korea. The 17 UN SDGs are all inextricably linked – none of them can be met on its own. None of them can be achieved without partnerships. Countries and cities will need to work together across borders. Grassroots movements will need to work with politicians, business and scientists. Each and every one of us, as individual human beings, can also help through our actions. When you see injustice, speak out. When someone needs help, provide help. Our choices matter.
GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS
GOAL BY 2030: WE MUST WORK MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER – ONLY THEN WILL WE ACHIEVE THE 17 SDGs
By 2030, all developed countries must fully live up to their commitments to provide aid to developing countries, and global aid contributions must be increased.
Denmark is one of the few countries that contributes the UN recommendation of at least 0.7% of gross national income – in other words, total earnings in the country – in development aid (approx. DKK 16 billion).
However, this figure obscures the fact that, in recent years, Denmark has cut back on aid. It also hides the fact that the largest single recipient has been Denmark itself, because much of the money has been spent on working with refugees.
The intention behind the 17 SDGs is for the developed world to work more closely with the developing countries and help them adopt and spread new technology on terms that are good for them, including information technologies, such as the internet and mobile phones, as well as environmental technology.
Aid alone is not the answer. The developing countries need better opportunities to trade and export their products. By 2030, the least developed countries’ share of global exports must have at least doubled.
This goal is not just about rich countries providing aid to poor countries. It is about partnerships in the broadest sense, even within countries. Civil organisations, research bodies, educational institutions, politicians and businesses must share knowledge and technology, provide funding and work together to build sustainable societies in which no one is left behind.