From the SDGs: Relevant targets

17.9) Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

17.11) Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020.

17.14) Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

17.16) Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.

17.17) Encourage and promote effective public, public private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

From the SDGs: Aviation-relevant indicators

17.3.2) Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP.

Did you know?

Air transport can only work through partnership and coordinated action: 1,400 airlines, 173 air traffic management organisations, 3,883 airports and 26,000 aircraft.

Relevance to aviation

Partnerships between all sectors of the aviation industry enable the global air transport industry to operate: airports, airlines, air traffic management, manufacturers and suppliers. The industry partners with the United Nations (mainly through the International Civil Aviation Organization) and governments to develop regulations and cooperate closely on issues such as climate action, safety and security.

Examples of action

  • The whole aviation industry has worked with governments to secure the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for Aviation, through the UN agency, ICAO and with ICAO to advance aviation safety in Africa.
  • DHL is working with the UN Development Programme to prepare airports for natural disasters under the ‘Get Airports Ready for Disaster’ (GARD) programme.
  • Airports of Thailand have shown their commitment to supporting the SDGs in their 2016 Sustainable Development report, highlighting ways in which they are partnering with a range of public and private stakeholders to achieve SDG 17 and others.
  • The aviation industry works in partnership with European Union institutions to bring about the Single European Sky, a project which aims to increase the efficiency of European airspace. 
  • Aerospace manufacturers are working alongside European governments on new, more efficient, aviation technology.

How governments can assist

  • Promote diversified funding and financing sources for aviation development in partnership with States, international and regional organisations, the industry, as well as multi-lateral development banks and other financial institutions, particularly in States in special situations (LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS).