SDG #17 Partnerships for the goals. This final UN SDG is quirky. The writers conclude this 2030 Agenda by stating that the previous 16 goals won’t be achieved without global participation. More specifically, developed nations will need to support less and least developed countries. Esther Pan Sloan, United Nations Capital Development Fund’s head of partnerships and policy, tells Liz and Steve that Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on aid going to the least developed countries — and just as needs grew.

Episode Notes

In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • How the private sector must help developing nations because there are not enough public funds or capacity.
  • What developing nations need in addition to funding to reach the goals.
  • Why these global partnerships are critical for attaining the SDGs.
  • Whether the U.S. should be giving more to developing nations; today the U.S. contributes about 0.17% of its gross national income in development assistance.

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United Nations SDG #17

Official Development Assistance data

UN Capital Development Fund

Guest Bio:

Esther Pan Sloane has been head of partnerships, policy and communication for the United Nations Capital Development Fund since 2015. In this role she engages with the private sector to attract funding for projects that work toward achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A U.S. national and former diplomat, Sloane was part of the U.S. team that negotiated the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.