The latest annual UN Report on Sustainable Development Goals has been published

The UN has published its latest annual Report on Sustainable Development Goals from the New York Headquarters.

Using the latest available data, the annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting the areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken, in order to ensure no one is left behind. “Implementation has begun but the clock is ticking,” stated the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres, “This report shows that the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030”.

Issues such as poverty, premature loss of life, gender inequality, climate changes, and limited access to quality and lifelong education remain as major problems in even rich and developed countries. The latest data shows that one eighth of humankind still lives in extreme poverty and that 800 million people suffer from hunger, and that water scarcity affects more than a quarter of humanity.The 2030 Agenda includes 17 integrated and indivisible goals and targets that guide sustainable development worldwide. Some of them, such as SDG4 – “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” – are crucial for the accomplishment of the 2030 Agenda, especially with the potential of ICT to provide fast and easily accessible educational tools. Governments and other key stakeholders must drive the Sustainable Development Goals implementation at a faster rate, if they are to meet the targets by 2030. Coordinated global data-generation efforts are in supplying reliable and timely data for systematic follow-up and progress reviews are extremely important for the achievement of the goals.

Find the full version of the 2017 Sustainable Development Goals Report here.

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