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  • Poor Implementation: 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.

  • Stronger Leadership From Rich Countries Needed To Achieve The Goals

    The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network are releasing today the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report, which tracks data on how all 193 UN member states are progressing towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year the report focuses on actions taken by G20 governments to implement the goals. We also present trends data to determine which countries are currently on track to meet which SDG. In this blog we focus on challenges in rich countries.

  • Spanish Parliament uses SDG Index and Dashboards as National Reference Point

    In December 2017, the Congress of Spain adopted a resolution that calls on the government to define a national strategy in which the policies are aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The resolution recalled the government’s commitment to giving a first progress report on the 17 sustainable development goals during the High-Level Political Forum in 2018. The Parliamentary Commission of International Cooperation for Development, which introduced the resolution, calls for urgently establishing a baseline analysis of Spain’s SDG implementation gaps in order to define priorities for the national strategy. To this end, the official text highlights the usefulness of the SDG Index and Dashboards as an analytical tool for understanding Spain’s major policy challenges.

  • SDG Index presented at African Great Lakes Conference in Rwanda

    On July 12, 2017, following the official African launch at the SDG Center the previous day, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of SDSN, presented the findings of the 2017 SDG Index and Dashboards Report with a particular focus on a regional perspective and the role of academia.

  • SDSN’s 2017 SDG Index launches at the High-Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York

    Politicians and experts including SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs, participated in a side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations to launch the SDSN and Bertlesmann Stifttung’s 2017 SDG Index. Participants discussed the interconnectedness of sustainability amongst countries including “spillover effects,” or the influence of countries’ policies and actions on the ability of others to achieve the SDGs – a new dimension featured in the 2017 Index report.

  • Launch of the SDG Index & Dashboard 2017 in Spain

    Madrid, July 12, 2017. The Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS) today presented the Sustainable Development Objectives Index (SDG Index & Dashboards 2017) in Madrid, a global report prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. This report assesses the degree of compliance of the SDGs in 157 countries of the world, placing them in a global performance ranking, also allowing for regional comparison.

  • SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017 launched during G20 Summit in Hamburg

    This year’s launch event of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report took place under heavy police protection at the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7. Aart De Geus chairman of the board at Bertesmann Stiftung and Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to the UN secretary-general on sustainable development and director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, presented the major findings of this year’s report to experts in the field and representatives of the press.

  • Ahead of G20 Summit: ‘My Country First’ Approach Threatens Achievement of Global Goals

    Two years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising “my country first” approach by many heads of government threatens the realization of the SDGs. Even worse: International spillover effects caused by many industrialized countries impede many developing countries from fulfilling their obligations.