Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Achieving sustainable development cannot be done by a single organization or government alone. Partnerships are an essential dimension to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IAEA and its partners form important strands of the global sustainable development agenda by helping countries to use nuclear science to meet their development targets and work together toward achieving SDG 17 on strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.

As governments implement their national development strategies and plans, many turn to the IAEA and its partners to help them use nuclear science and technology to meet their objectives. Longstanding IAEA partnerships, such as with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) allow international organizations to contribute their skills and resources to support development worldwide.

The IAEA, in cooperation with its partners, supports countries in building their capacities, expanding their networks and sharing knowledge through the IAEA’s coordinated research and technical cooperation projects and network of Collaborating Centres. This takes the form of training, fellowships, scientific visits, the provision of equipment and expert advice, among others. These efforts also support countries in achieving SDG 17’s target on data, monitoring, and accountability. Nuclear techniques are effective tools for collecting precise data, which can be used to strengthen results-oriented development planning and programming.

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