SDG 17, “Partnerships for the goals”: how Millennials can come together to achieve all Goals
It’s pretty clear by now that to make all the goals a reality will require the participation of everyone. That includes governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and the people, like us. No exceptions. So last, but not least, Goal 17 aims at showing us that we don’t have to do all this work alone and that we can join forces globally and cooperate with one another to achieve all goals faster.
It’s definitely a good sign that official development assistance from developed countries has increased by 66 percent in the years between 2000 and 2014. However, conflicts and natural disasters continue to bring forward humanitarian crises worldwide that keep demanding more financial resources and aid. Also, many countries still require official development assistance to encourage growth and trade.
To this regard, technology today plays a huge role. Considering that the world today is more interconnected than ever before, having access to technology, social media and knowledge in general is a great way to share ideas worldwide and foster innovation. The number of Internet users in Africa almost doubled in the past 4 years, but there are still 4 billion people around the world who do not use the Internet, so we still have a long way ahead. However, this is probably where Millennials can shine best, because their generation was born with technology, so roll up your sleeves because there are definitely a few things that you can do to help. For example:
- Just like we are doing, share your knowledge of the sustainable development goals with everyone, everywhere.
- Look for partners that are interested in achieving sustainable development, reducing inequalities and addressing climate change (like ours, RadiciGroup).
- You can spread knowledge by participating in UN’s surveys such as “MyWorld2030” and reach out to peers in your community to get them to participate (https://myworld2030.org/).
- You can follow the “Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth” ‘s statistics portal, as an excellent database for youth-related information (http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/youth-statistics/).
- You can join some of the “Junior Chamber International” ‘s projects around the world (https://jci.cc/members/sign_in).
- University students can collaborate with one another through the “Millennium Campus Network” (https://www.mcnpartners.org/programs-overview/).
As you can see, there is really a lot that we all can do to give our little, but nonetheless extremely important contribution in achieving the sustainable development goals. It’s our future, therefore it’s our duty. And if you are already involved with any initiative concerning this SDG, hurry and join our competition here: https://goo.gl/5LUfP2.
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