As we approach 2030, the global community is focused on achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals are critical for our planet’s future and aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The Current Status of SDGs: An Overview
Despite some progress, the current status of SDGs suggests that much more needs to be done. Here are some quick highlights:
- End Poverty: Nearly 9 percent of the world’s population is living in extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than $1.90 per day.
- Zero Hunger: More than 820 million people across the globe remain undernourished, while excessive food waste is exacerbating the problem.
- Good Health and Well-being: Despite some improvements, many challenges remain, including maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, and universal health coverage.
- Quality Education: While enrollment rates have improved, access to quality education remains a challenge for many, particularly in low-income countries.
- Clean Water and Sanitation: While access to clean water and sanitation has improved for many, billions still lack these basic necessities.
- Affordable and Clean Energy: While the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix has risen, much more needs to be done to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
- Decent Work and Economic Growth: While unemployment has decreased globally, there is a growing need for job creation, particularly in low-income countries.
- Industry, Innovation and infrastructure: More work is needed to promote sustainable infrastructure, research, and innovation, particularly in low-income countries.
- Reduced Inequalities: Global inequality has significantly worsened, driven by worsening income and wealth disparities, gender inequality, and lack of access to essential services.
- Sustainable Cities and Communities: Urbanization is rapidly increasing, and cities need to become more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive.
- Responsible Consumption and Production: The world needs to shift towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns, reduce waste, and promote sustainable supply chains.
- Climate Action: Climate change remains a significant challenge, requiring global action to reduce emissions and promote climate resilience.
- Life Below Water: The world’s oceans are under severe threat from pollution, overfishing, and climate change.
- Life on Land: Land degradation and biodiversity loss continue to worsen, with many species facing extinction.
- Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: Countries must work towards more peaceful, inclusive, and accountable societies.
- Partnerships for the Goals: Achieving all the SDGs will require global partnerships, particularly with marginalized and vulnerable communities.
Progress has been made towards achieving the SDGs, but much more needs to be done to ensure that all people are able to enjoy peace, prosperity, and a sustainable future. We must all work together to overcome the challenges and create a brighter future for our planet.