Sustainable Development Goals

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, address climate change, reduce inequalities, and ensure quality of education. Each goal has specific targets and should be achieved by 2030. Goal #4 is to “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” In fact, education has taken on a primary role of importance in the SDGs since obtaining a quality education is seen as the foundation to improving people’s lives overall and a key ingredient to achieving all areas of sustainable development.

To track countries' progress toward achieving the SDGs, it is important to collect sound metrics and data. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has prepared a draft Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and Dashboard. This draft paper presents a country-level SDG Index and Dashboard using current data to compare countries' progress on the 17 SDGs. The draft paper suggests a preliminary SDG Index and Dashboard that could help states mobilize stakeholders and identify priorities for early action.

The SDSN is now looking for suggestions and advice on the proposed methodology and data. Please go to the online form here for more information, and to download the paper. At the end of the open consultation period, a revised SDG Index and Dashboard will be published.

For more information:

The Sustainable Development Goals: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Guido Schmidt-Traub, and David Durand-Delacre. (2016). Preliminary Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and Dashboard. SDSN Working Paper. Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Anne Bauer