One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 1 aims to end poverty, and Goal 17 aims to ensure there is a strong, developed and sustainable partnership to ensure the goals are met financially and technologically and through policy, trade and data monitoring.
Goal 17 focuses largely on the international partnerships we must build to support least developed countries. This includes lifting those living in least developed countries out of extreme poverty through financial means like improved taxation laws (Target 17.1) and official overseas development assistance, also known as foreign aid (Target 17.2). We also look at how we can assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies, which are aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring to allow their citizens the best chance to live a life free from the shackles of poverty (Target 17.4).
On the technological side, Target 17.8 has particular relevance to Target 1.4. Target 1.4 requires that by 2030, we ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, resources, appropriate new technology and financial services. One of the best ways to achieve this target is through Target 17.8 by fully operationalising the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology in particular information and communications technology. Of course, this can only happen once each country has the support of their national policy framework, through the achievement of Target 17.4, the enhancement of policy coherence for sustainable development.