News SDGs: poor implementation in rich countries

Rich countries risk achievement of the global goals

"Three years after adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by all UN member states, new and improved data provide insights into countries’ challenges and the steps they are taking to pursue the SDGs. So far only few G20 countries have taken decisive action to meet the goals. Many countries are making rapid progress, but overall the world risks falling short of achieving the goals by 2030." (source: )

OECD countries

"The SDG Dashboard for OECD member countries suggests that every rich country faces major challenges in meeting several SDGs, and that no OECD country is on track to achieving all of the SDGs. In particular, available data on SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life below Water) and 15 (Life on Land) suggest that OECD countries are far from reaching these goals and that many are stagnating or experiencing a deterioration.

This is partly driven by the relatively high spillover effects embodied in trade that are generated by OECD countries. The inclusion of additional metrics on “Leave no one behind”, in particular for SDG 3 (Health and Well-Being), 4 (Quality Education) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities), highlights shortcomings in a number of OECD countries that were not apparent using more aggregated data. Low current scores and weak trends on SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) are driven by unsustainable agriculture and high and rising obesity rates in most OECD countries. On balance, OECD countries face major challenges in meeting the environmental objectives as well as in realizing the Agenda 2030 ambition to “leave no one behind”.

(Source: , P.24)

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Keywords SDGs
Target group(s) Education, Research, Consultancy , NGOs, Partnerships, Networks
Topics Good Governance & CSR