SDG progress report depicts a gloomy picture, outlines the way forward
The United Nations General Secretariat has recently released a report capturing the progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The report, which recommends actions to recover from the disastrous impact of COVID-19, sets the scene for the upcoming UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
HLPF is a subsidiary body of both the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Economic and Social Council, responsible for the entire organization’s policy on sustainable development.
The report bluntly states that the world is no longer making progress on the SDGs for the second year in a row.
The report contains input from more than 50 international and regional organizations and cites the ongoing crises that have had an adverse impact on the progress made so far in realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These crises mainly include the COVID119 pandemic, climate change and ongoing conflicts, including the war in Ukraine.
Major global crises hampering progress
The report points out that an additional 75 million to 95 million people will be pushed into poverty around the globe in 2022.
It also dwells on the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine, including, among others, the disruption of supply chains and the instability of financial markets.
On climate change, the report indicates that progress on climate and biodiversity goals is also too slow, especially in rich countries.
The report suggests that the ongoing crises mentioned earlier have diverted policy attention and priorities away from medium and long-term goals such as the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.
The way forward
According to the well-detailed report, restoring and accelerating SDG progress in all countries, including the poorest and most vulnerable, should be a major priority of recovery plans and reforms to the international development finance system ahead of the heads of state SDG Summit in 2023.