This month the United Nations launches the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global plan to spur action across the world on areas of critical importance to humanity. With 17 goals and 169 targets, the SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end this year.
The SDGs will significantly shape development efforts for the coming 15 years. But are they really achievable? And what can we do to improve our chances of success?
Our SDG Scorecard 2030 is the first real attempt to project where the world will be in 2030 across the SDG agenda. For each goal we selected one target that represents the goal’s main aims. We analysed the best available projections for that target and, where there were gaps, produced our own. For each of these 17 targets, we reviewed trends and projected forward current rates of progress to see how close they will get to being realised.
Based on these projections, we then gave each target a grade. The result is a ‘scorecard’ of where the world will be in 2030, against select targets, assuming progress continues at its present rate.
The pace and depth of change needed to meet the targets varies dramatically across goals and across regions, but the message from our scorecard is clear: early action is essential.