A time for a Transformative partnership.
NASA announces a partnership with SpaceX.
On September 25, 2015, it was announced that all Member States of the United Nations had agreed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) therein. These SDGs are a global call to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure the well-being of humanity. The nations of the world committed to achieve these goals by 2030.
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how interconnected we are through travel, trade, and communication. To end this pandemic, we need global cooperation and partnerships to treat the sick, develop the vaccine, and rebuild communities and economies damaged by this deadly virus. Like the pandemic, we know climate change threatens lives and livelihoods as warming temperatures lead to more frequent and severe storms, floods, wildfires, and droughts. The governments, businesses, and civil society organizations of the world must work together with great urgency to address these issues and all SDGs, such as ending poverty and hunger, expanding education and health care for all, increasing gender equality, and supporting sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Transformative partnerships can accelerate progress on the SDGs by better aligning the visions and designs to the main characteristics of transformative change, and it identifies the key success factors that are common among partnerships with transformation potential.
One of the latest examples of Transformative partnerships is a $2.9 billion contract signed between NASA and Elon Musk to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon. The NASA announcement added to an extraordinary run for Musk, who is one of the world's richest people thanks to his 22 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla. Tesla has become the world's most-valuable automaker, with a market capitalization of $702 billion, far surpassing the auto industry's giants. Musk has become a one-person technology conglomerate, launching or controlling companies pursuing space flight, electric cars, neural implants and subterranean tunnel boring.
"We should accomplish the next landing as soon as possible," said Steve Jurczyk, NASA's acting administrator. "This is an incredible time to be involved in human exploration, for all humanity. If they hit their milestones we have a shot at 2024," Jurczyk added. NASA said it would require a test flight to the moon before humans make the flight. "In addition, NASA is requiring a test flight to fully check out all systems with a landing on the lunar surface prior to our formal demonstration mission," NASA official Lisa Watson-Morgan told reporters.