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Our new flagship report offers the first systematic attempt to project progress across the full SDG agenda, showing where – if current trends continue – the world will be by 2030. Whilst our projections reveal shortfalls, a closer look at recent top-performing
countries shows that if others were able to make similar rates of progress, we would get much closer to reaching the goals.
Great progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire this year. However some targets are so far off track that their replacement, the Sustainable Development Goals, will expire in 2030 before the orginal targets will be achieved. Overseas Development Institute Research Officer Chris Hoy writes on some of the successes and 'unfinished business' of the MDGs.
Research Officer, Climate and Environment Programme, ODI
Maria Vlahakis is Senior Policy Adviser on Women’s Empowerment at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). She joined VSO in November 2014 and has previously worked in policy roles in the UK Government and charity sector.
The final text of the Sustainable Development Goals has been agreed by UN countries and will be adopted in September. Abigail Hunt, Womankind Worldwide, and Maria Vlahakis, VSO, write on the risk of implementation not matching up to the ambition of Target 5.5: to 'ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life'.
Policy Adviser, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs