Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 17 – Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Friday, 13 July 2018
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
SDG 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector, and other actors. Despite some advances in certain areas in 2017, more needs to be done to accelerate progress. All stakeholders will have to intensify and focus their efforts on the areas where progress has been slow.
SDG 17 reflects a holistic approach to the means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda, including 19
targets that span finance, technology, capacity-building, trade and systemic issues. In addition, the
means of implementation are integrated acrossthe other Goals, underlining their cross-cutting nature.
The concrete policies and actions of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development
provide a strong foundation to support the achievement of the SDGs.
The session will discuss the main challenges and opportunities for strengthening global partnerships
and enhancing the means of implementation. Specific attention will be given to exploring the existing
mechanisms and potential innovations for mobilizing resources for the SDGs – including: (i) financing
at both domestic and international levels, from public and private sources; (ii) best practice and
experience in scaling up technology solutions; (iii) trends in South-South cooperation for building
capacitiesfor SDG implementation and investment; and (iv) overcoming challengesin the international
trade and financial system. Views, suggestions and current achievements are expected to be shared
by practitioners, policymakers and experts based on their most recent experiences and research.
The purpose of the session is to advance progress on SDG 17 by dedicating a focused discussion to
national, regional and global trends in the key means of implementation and global partnership for
sustainable development. It will also build on the inter-governmentally agreed conclusions and
recommendations of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development in 2018 (A/RES/70/1, §86) and
consider the findings and ideas emerging from other related processes, including the Development
Cooperation Forum (DCF); Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) forthe
SDGs; World Investment Forum; and UN World Data Forum.
Proposed guiding questions:
- What are the main hurdles to investing in, and financing, the SDGs, using all sources: public
and private, domestic and international? Which policies, approaches and institutional
solutions have worked best in specific country contexts and how can they be scaled up?
- What kind of partnership or collaboration is needed between the public and private sectors to
achieve the goal of financing the SDGs? What should be done to achieve that?
- How can the benefits of collaboration between researchers/scientists, investors, and
practitioners, more effectively apply cutting-edge technology in development endeavours in a
timely manner? What are the main recommendations for high-impact actions in this area?
- How can capacity building interventions in technology be applied at the national level to
ensure transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies?
- What are some innovations in South-South cooperation that are complementing efforts by
other actors to support national plans and mobilize resources for the SDGs?
- Which policy actions are needed to address both long-standing concerns and near-term
challenges in the international trade and financial system?
- Who are the furthest behind and who is at risk of being left behind for this SDG?
- How do we ensure that sufficient resources are geared at improving the lives of the furthest
- H.E. Mr. Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov, Vice-President of ECOSOC
- Ms. Yongyi Min, Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section, Statistics Division of UN DESA
- H.E. Mr. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations and Co-Facilitator for the outcome of the 2018 ECOSOC Financing for Development Follow-up Forum
- Ms. Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
- H.E. Mr. Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN
- Mr. Robin Ogilvy, Special Representative of the OECD to the UN
- Mr. Alfred Watkins, Chair of the Global Solutions Summit
- Mr. Steven Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva
- Mr. Kavaljit Singh,Director, Madhyam (FFD Civil Society Group)
Followed by interactive discussion