The United Nations has released its annual report assessing the progress torwards the 169 targets across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Overall, out of all assessable targets, only 15% are on track to be achieved by 2030. Nearly half of the targets have seen fair progress but require acceleration, while over a third are either stagnating or regressing.
With the world passing the midway point towards the SDG implementation timeframe, the UN said that the assessment “…underscores the urgent need for intensified efforts to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals stay on course.”
The SDG with the highest proportion of targets on track is SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), where over one-third of targets are on track. SDG 1,4,6,8, 13 and 16 have no targets that are on track as of 2023.
The UN assessment also shows the challenge of data availability, with many SDGs having insufficient data to assess progress.
- SDG Progress Report 2023, United Nations