In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, the economic, social, cultural, environmental and political domains tend to be mutually reinforcing and require multidimensional approaches in the design, development and implementation of public policies that contribute to the attainment of international development goals such as the United Nations Development Agenda 2030, in which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 169 objectives contained in the Agenda show the scale and level of ambition of this new universal agenda.
Innovation, competitiveness, governance and public-private partnerships (PPPs) are transversal mechanisms for the implementation and essential components in the "toolboxes" available to national and international actors for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The importance of competitiveness to achieve the SDGs is well recognized, considering that globalization and liberalization, facilitated by rapid technological advances, are creating new competitive dynamics that make competitiveness even more complex.
Several regions of the world share common trade challenges, including improving the international competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises by adding value to traditional export products, improving production processes, improving quality control, entering service markets and analyzing the market trends.
The traditional international trade tools, such as the Free Trade Agreements, can be used as drivers to economically empower vulnerable groups in a given society, especially in developing countries.
The role of media in communicating the importance of previous MDG’s to the peoples around the world needs to be revised, as well as the lessons need to be learned in order to improve its effectiveness. New communication opportunities result from technological developments, including the unprecedented connectivity and ability to reach individuals. With over 7 billion cellphones subscriptions globally and 3.3 billion people connected to the internet, the capacity to interact and share information with the world has grown tremendously.
At the same time, the billions of people who remain offline and those who lack the means to participate in the global conversation must also be included.
On the other hand, international tourism accounts for 30% of global trade in services. In 2014, 1.1 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in excess of 25 million in 1950, generating around USD $ 1.5 trillion in exports (reception of international tourists and transportation of passengers). For one-third of developing countries, tourism is their main export product. It is estimated that the sector accounts for 10% of world GDP and that one in every 11 jobs worldwide is generated by the tourism industry. By the year 2030, the expansion of this industry is expected to continue, reaching an estimated 1.8 billion international tourists.
We, at the World Organization of Governance and Competitiveness (WOGC), are fully convinced that if the international community wants to achieve sustainable development on a global scale in this generation, strengthened public-private partnerships and the mobilization of private resources are indispensable. There is an urgent necessity to attract long-term private and public investments into critical areas such as tourism, infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, environment, and the financing of micro and smaller enterprises.
Therefore, the World Organization of Governance and Competitiveness (WOGC) is pleased to actively promote the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Goals around the world, as a contribution to sustainable development. Join us in this global effort to make our world a better place to live.