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.