Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Partnerships for the Goal

Goal 17 is about revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda is universal and calls for action by all countries – developed and developing – to ensure no one is left behind. It requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society.

The Sustainable Development Goals can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation to ensure no one is left behind in our journey to development.

However, not all countries are setting off from the same start line, and low and middle income countries are facing a tidal wave of debt which they are treading water.

Developing countries are grappling with an unprecedented rise in external debt levels following the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by challenges such as record inflation, escalating interest rates, competing priorities and constrained fiscal capacity, underscoring the urgent need for debt relief and financial assistance.

While official development assistance (ODA) flows continue to reach record peaks, the increase in 2022 is primarily attributed to spending on refugees in donor countries and aid to Ukraine.

To be successful, everyone will need to mobilize both existing and additional resources, and developed countries will need to fulfill their official development assistance commitments.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Human Rights Council

HRC 2006 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Informal Regional Network of Non-Governmental Organizations


United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gj

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

UNIFIL 1978 Tyre Lebanon F g

United Nations International Computing Centre

UNICC 1971 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation

UNOSSC 1974 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC 1997 Vienna Austria E g

United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus

UNFICYP 1964 Nicosia Cyprus F g

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Postal Administration

UNPA 1950 Vienna Austria F g

United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

UNRCCA 2007 Ashgabat Turkmenistan E g

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

UNRIC 2004 Brussels Belgium E g

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA 1949 Amman Jordan E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Nations Women's Guild - Geneva

UNWG - Geneva 1970 Geneva Switzerland G v

United Peace Keepers Federal Council

UNPKFC 2020 Bangkok Thailand E

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

United States Agency for International Development

USAID 1961 Washington DC USA G g

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland B

Uniting for Peace

2011 London UK G

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa

UPCSA 1999 Aston Manor South Africa F

Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa

URCSA 1994 Belhar South Africa G


1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

Unity of Nations Action for Climate Change Council

UNAccc 2021 Vadodara India G

Universal Association of Professional Colleges and Universities

UAPCU 2018 Manila Philippines G t

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

Universal Peace and Violence Amelioration Centre

UPVAC 2015 Jos Nigeria G

Universala Medicina Esperanto-Asocio

UMEA 1908 Trier Germany C v


San Francisco CA USA G

Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, Brussel

UCOS 1980 Brussels Belgium G

Universitaire Stichting voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking

USOS 1985 Antwerp Belgium G f

Universitas 21

1997 Birmingham UK F

University for Peace

UPEACE 1980 San José Costa Rica F g

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j

University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Region

UMIOR 2000 Hyderabad India G

University of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi Finland D


Plano TX USA G

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

Up With People

UWP 1965 Denver CO USA F

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

UAF 1997 Oakland CA USA G f