The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 was published by the United Nations (UN) at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2019. The report, which is based on the latest available data, remains the cornerstone for measuring progress and identifying gaps in the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Four years since the adoption of the SDGs the report notes progress in some areas, such as on extreme poverty reduction, widespread immunisation, decrease in child mortality rates and increase in people’s access to electricity, but warns that global response has not been ambitious enough, leaving the most vulnerable people and countries to suffer the most.
Among the key findings:
The lack of progress is particularly apparent among environment-related goals such as climate action and biodiversity. The impacts of environmental deterioration are taking a toll on people’s lives. Extreme weather conditions, more frequent and severe natural disasters and the collapse of ecosystems are causing increased food insecurity and are worsening people’s safety and health, forcing many communities to suffer from poverty, displacement and widening inequalities.
Despite the threats, the report demonstrates that valuable opportunities exist to accelerate progress by leveraging the interlinkages across goals. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for instance, goes hand-in-hand with creating jobs, building more liveable cities, and improving health and prosperity for all.
More information and download the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/progress-report/