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The impacts of climate change and increasing inequality are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades, the annual UN report warns.

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:

  • Increasing inequality among and within countries requires urgent attention, the report warns. Three quarters of stunted children live in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa; extreme poverty is three times higher in rural areas than urban areas; young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults; only a quarter of people with severe disabilities collect a disability pension; and women and girls still face barriers to achieving equality.
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