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.