UN reports slow progress towards saving the planet

Key Points:

17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by world leaders from 193 countries in 2015.

The SDGs are widely considered to be the principal means to achieve an end to global poverty, reduce inequality and to protect the planet.

No country is yet on track to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the target date of 2030.

At a meeting of of an annual UN summit, attended by over 1000 representatives from governments, civil society, and the business world, which took place 16th July in New York, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council said “There is progress, but generally not at a sufficient speed to realize the SDGs by 2030.

Many European countries have been crisized for having policies which are inconsistant with the objectives of achieving sustainable development.

Campaigners from the ‘SDG Watch Europe’ coalition and the Make Europe Sustainable For All’ campaign recently sent a letter to Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, in which they said: “Policy coherence for sustainable development is still a weak point for the European Union. It is crucial to have an assessment report on where we stand with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”

A report focusing on G20 countries found that the US and Russia were making least progress of all 193 countries towards achieving the SDGs.

The report found that the countries most strongly engaging in support for the global goals were Brazil, Mexico, and Italy, where there are specific SDG strategies and serious efforts to achieve them.

No country in the G20 has aligned their national budget to meeting the SDGs, and only India has done a full evaluation of the additional funding needed to achieve the goals.

New York is the only city in the world to publish a review of its progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).




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