A report released today by Bertelsmann Stiftung provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report explores the increasingly popular approach by many heads of government of ‘my country first’ and explains how it may threaten the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ahead of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, the SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017 illustrates that world leaders need to strengthen their joint efforts to realise the global goals. Not only does a rising trend of nationalism and protectionism impede the implementation of the goals, but as the report shows, industrialised countries are not serving as role models. Many of the richest countries in the world are nowhere near achieving the global policy objectives but also deteriorate the implementation process for poorer countries because of negative spill over effects.
The study was written by experts of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, under the lead authorship of UN Special Advisor and world-renowned economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. The SDG Index and Dashboard collect available data for 157 countries to assess where each country stands in 2017 with regard to achieving the SDGs. The SDG Index ranks countries based on their performance across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
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