Sustainable Development Goals 2030 – Progress So Far

At the beginning of 2018, I wrote an ECO-Blast about the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Today I thought I would check-in and see what progress has been made.

For those who are new to the SDGs: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched in 2015 to end poverty and set the world on a path of peace, prosperity and opportunity for all on a healthy planet.”

In 2020 a report was issued on the world’s progress in achieving the targets set out in the SDGs. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on progress, and in many cases, caused a decline that moves us even further away from reaching our goals.

The full report, with straightforward and easy to read infographics for each of the 17 goals, can be found here with a progress chart found here. However, a summary extract is as follows:

“Global efforts to date have been insufficient to deliver the change we need, jeopardizing the Agenda’s promise to current and future generations. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 brings together the latest data to show us that, before the COVID-19 pandemic, progress remained uneven, and we were not on track to meet the Goals by 2030. Some gains were visible: the share of children and youth out of school had fallen; the incidence of many communicable diseases was in decline; access to safely managed drinking water had improved; and women’s representation in leadership roles was increasing. At the same time, the number of people suffering from food insecurity was on the rise, the natural environment continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate, and dramatic levels of inequality persisted in all regions. Change was still not happening at the speed or scale required.”

While its looks as though the developed countries are making strong moves towards achieving their targets across all the goals, the SDG agenda is to realize the goals for all countries across the world. In this regard, as we make our recovery from the pandemic, we must look to help those countries falling behind.