The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation - Manitobans Partnering for a Sustainable World

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is proud to represent 40 registered charitable organizations that channel our province’s assistance and community resources beyond our borders. Here at home, MCIC works in Manitoba communities to build interest, understanding and engagement on sustainable development and global issues.

With the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, it is even more important to work together to meet global needs. The 17 Global Goals are interconnected and universal, providing a guide for local, provincial, national and global efforts to realize sustainable development. Achieving the goals requires collaboration from a range of stakeholders: Government, business, civil society and citizens must all work together to make this a reality.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The SDGs can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation. While official development assistance from developed countries increased by 66 percent between 2000 and 2014, humanitarian crises brought on by conflict or natural disasters continue to demand more financial resources and aid. Many countries also require Official Development Assistance to encourage growth and trade.

The world today is more interconnected than ever before. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation. Coordinating policies to help developing countries manage their debt, as well as promoting investment for the least developed, is vital to achieve sustainable growth and development.

The goals aim to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation by supporting national plans to achieve all the targets. Promoting international trade, and helping developing countries increase their exports, is all part of achieving a universal rules-based and equitable trading system that is fair and open, and benefits all.