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The Role Of Diplomacy In Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals

Diplomacy at both the governmental and corporate level has a vital role to play if the world is to achieve the SDG targets by 2030.


Achieving the SDGs takes planning and requires actions that are personal as well as organisational. It also requires, perhaps most crucially, cooperation among the principal players within the international business and diplomatic spheres. Sustainability leadership among the diplomatic and business communities, aimed at building capacity and identifying and redressing gaps, must be at the heart of global action towards the 2030 agenda.

Much can be achieved if we are able to harness the opportunities presented by public-private partnerships, sustainable investment, international trade, cross-border education, soft power, intercultural and artificial intelligence, and digital transformation. Diplomacy at both the governmental and corporate level has a vital role to play.


Diplomatic tools can be utilised, especially for peace-building and prosperity for people and the planet, but there is relevance to all 17 goals. At the heart of the goals is the concept of global partnership. Thus, aligning diplomatic strategies around sustainable development is a must-do, not an optional endeavour.


Economic diplomacy, digital diplomacy, sport diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, corporate diplomacy, soft power diplomacy, climate diplomacy, multilateral and bilateral diplomacy and so on: they can all be brought to bear in the great global effort to meet the worthy targets set out by the SDG agenda. On a practical level, diplomacy can help promote awareness around the SDGs, increase international partnerships, improve the regulatory environment and highlight opportunities.


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