SDG 1 Progress

SDG 1 calls for an end to poverty in all its forms, including extreme poverty. It aims for shared prosperity and a basic standard of living and social protection benefits for all people.

Equal rights and access to economic and natural resources as well as technology, property, and basic and financial services are an intrinsic part of this SDG. Special attention to communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters is emphasized. Essential turning points are policy commitment and mobilization of resources for accelerating poverty eradication.

Progress chart

The first Sustainable Development Goals progress chart presents a snapshot of progress made at the global and regional levels towards selected targets under all Goals of the 2030 Agenda. It is based on a limited number of indicators and information available as of September 2019. It presents two types of information: progress made towards the target in stoplight colors, and the current level of development in the specific area in text in each box.

The overall conclusion is that the world is not on track to achieving the target of ending poverty by 2030. Extreme poverty today is concentrated and overwhelmingly affects rural populations. Increasingly, it is exacerbated by violent conflicts and climate change.

Tackling the remaining pockets of extreme poverty will be challenging due to their persistence and complexity—often involving the interplay of social, political, and economic factors. Effective social protection schemes and policies, along with government spending on key services, can help those left behind to get back on their feet and find a way out of poverty.


But still, we all can contribute to the SDGs and being this the “Decade of Action” we all should start taking action.

On the one hand, the UN invites each of us to be the change with a set of 170 actions, 10 per SDG, which we can implement in our lives (my favourite option is number 2, all my Christmas presents were donations to different charities).

On the other hand, the initiative Companies4SDGs created a series of videos about each one of the SDGs and the series of the year 2018 include more ideas of actions to take on an individual level.



SDG Progress Reports

The Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 are to be met by the year 2030. This leaves us right now with 10 years for the transformations needed to achieve them. The UN initiates thus this year its “Decade of Action” to accelerate sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges — ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap.

In September 2019, the UN Secretary-General called on all sectors of society to mobilize for a decade of action on three levels: global action to secure greater leadership, more resources and smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals; local action embedding the needed transitions in the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities; and people action, including by youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, unions, academia and other stakeholders, to generate an unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations.

Additional resources are being launched to inspìre and evaluate the progress in the right direction.

Since the year 2016 the UN Secretary General has been issuing an annual report on the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals which then is integrated into the yearly Sustainable Development Goals Report which shows the main statistics on the goals according to the global indicator framework.

The information presented in the 2019 report is based on the latest available data (as of May 2019) on selected indicators and is the latest at our disposition to this date. In order to be able to evaluate if we are on the right path, these data sets are extremely important as they give us objective feedback and can help us determine further steps.

In the following posts, we will have a look at the overall progress per each SDG based on this report.


SDG 17: Targets and Indicators related to Systemic Issues

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development regarding systemic issues

Policy and institutional coherence

Target 17.13 Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

  • Indicator 17.13.1: Macroeconomic Dashboard

Target 17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

  • Indicator 17.14.1: Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development

Target 17.15 Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

  • Indicator 17.15.1: Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation

Multi-stakeholder partnerships

Target 17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

  • Indicator 17.16.1: Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the sustainable development goals

Target 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

  • Indicator 17.17.1: Amount of United States dollars committed to (a) public-private partnerships and (b) civil society partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability

Target 17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts

  • Indicator 17.18.1: Proportion of sustainable development indicators produced at the national level with full disaggregation when relevant to the target, in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
  • Indicator 17.18.2: Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
  • Indicator 17.18.3: Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding

Target 17.19 By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

  • Indicator 17.19.1: Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries
  • Indicator 17.19.2: Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration

SDG 17: Targets and Indicators related to Trade

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development in trade

Target 17.10 Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

  • Indicator 17.10.1: Worldwide weighted tariff-average

Target 17.11 Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020

  • Indicator 17.11.1: Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports

Target 17.12 Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access

  • Indicator 17.12.1: Average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States

SDG 17: Targets and Indicators related to Technology and Capacity Building

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development in technology and capacity building


Target 17.6 Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism

  • Indicator 17.6.1: Number of science and/or technology cooperation agreements and programmes between countries, by type of cooperation
  • Indicator 17.6.2: Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed

Target 17.7 Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed

  • Indicator 17.7.1: Total amount of approved funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies

Target 17.8 Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

  • Indicator 17.8.1: Proportion of individuals using the Internet

Capacity building

Target 17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation

  • Indicator 17.9.1: Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries

SDG 17: Targets and Indicators relate to Finance

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development in finance

Target 17.1 Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

  • Indicator 17.1.1: Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
  • Indicator 17.1.2: Proportion of domestic budget funded by domestic taxes

Target 17.2 Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

  • Indicator 17.2.1: Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)

Target 17.3 Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources

  • Indicator 17.3.1: Foreign direct investments (FDI), official development assistance and South-South Cooperation as a proportion of total domestic budget
  • Indicator 17.3.2: Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP

Target 17.4 Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

  • Indicator 17.4.1: Debt service as a proportion of exports of goods and services

Target 17.5 Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries

  • Indicator 17.5.1: Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries