Countries need to act urgently to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
One year after the largest UN Summit in history adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our Index and Dashboard show that all countries face major challenges in achieving these ambitious goals by 2030. No country has achieved the SDGs and even top Sweden scores "red" on several goals.
Industrialized, newly industrializing and developing countries still have a need for action to achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted during a UN summit in autumn 2015. That shows our SDG-Index for 149 countries.
The study has been worked out with special adviser to the United Nations Jeffrey Sachs and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of the United Nations. On July 20 it was presented during a United Nations conference in New York and delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Scandinavian countries are the top performers - African countries bring up the rear
The countries which are closest to fulfilling the goals are not the biggest economies but comparably small, developed countries: Sweden, Denmark and Norway are the top three performing countries. Germany and the United Kingdom are the only G7 countries to be found among the top ten performers. The United States ranks 25th on the Index, while the Russian Federation and China rank 47th and 76th, respectively. Newly industrializing and developing countries understandably score lowest on the SDG Index as they often have comparably little resources at their disposal: The Central African Republic and Liberia are at the bottom and still have the longest way to go in achieving the SDGs.
Africa, South and Central America and Asia: Different problems and challenges
The report highlights major challenges per region: OECD countries struggle to meet the goals on inequality, sustainable consumption, climate change and ecosystems, while many developing countries face major difficulties in providing basic social services and infrastructure access to their populations.
East and South Asia outperform many other developing regions but unmet challenges persist in health and education. For Latin America and the Caribbean, high levels of inequality are among the most pressing issues. In spite of significant progress in recent years in Sub-Saharan Africa, the world's poorest region faces major challenges across almost all SDGs, with extreme poverty, hunger and health as major areas where substantial improvement is needed.
Please find the key findings of the study here. Country reports and details for all 149 examined states can be found under www.sdgindex.org. What's your country's position in the SDG Index? Have a look at our interactive map.
From July 11 to 20 representatives of all UN member states meet in New York for the "High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development". The conference examines if and where industrialized, newly industrializing and developing countries are reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On that occasion on July 20 we present our SDG Index for 149 countries.
The United Nations 17 global Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted on a UN summit in September 2015. The SDGs, unlike its predecessor the "Millennium Development Goals", set standards not only for emerging and developing countries, but also for the industrialized nations.
The SDG Index and Dashboard collect available data for 149 countries to assess where each country stands in 2016 with regard to achieving the SDGs. The SDG Index ranks countries based on their performance across 17 goals. The SDG Dashboard uses a traffic-light chart to assess where a country stands on each of the 17 SDGs. It helps countries identify priorities for early actions and shows that every country faces major challenges in achieving the SDGs.