SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Asia-Pacific civic groups reiterate importance of civil society in multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable developmentMarch 30, 2022
“From what prism should we look into the progress of SDG 17, especially in multi-stakeholder partnerships? From the point of view of companies? The point of view of the government? Or the point of view of the people?”, Rep. Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna Partylist asked after pointing out how multi-dimensional crises, aggravated by the pandemic and respective government responses, facilitated the profiteering agenda of the private sector vis-a-vis the worsening condition of marginalized sectors.
Building Back Better, Together: How can SDG 17 and civil society partnerships ensure genuine development in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic?March 24, 2022
As the Asia-Pacific region continues to ‘build back better’, countries’ progress on SDG 17 in addressing the pandemic must be evaluated. SDG 17 provides the means to advance other SDGs, facilitating poverty reduction, zero hunger, good health, gender equality, quality education, and climate action, among other goals.
While SDG 17 serves to ensure the means to achieve the other sustainable development goals, negative impacts of debt distress, corporate capture of development and militarization of aid have only served to worsen the state of development in recipient countries. In the Philippines, unequal and exploitative partnerships resulted in rising debt, inaccessibility of services and shrinking of civic spaces.