Climate change, inequality threaten shaky SDG progress, UN reports

By Amy Lieberman // 
10 July 2019
A piece of the Sustainable Development Goals puzzle. Photo by: Manuel Elias / U.N.

UNITED NATIONS — Climate change and inequality are threatening the unsteady progress countries are making on the Sustainable Development Goals, U.N. experts warned on Tuesday.

With the exception of a few areas, the majority of the 17 global goals remain off-track for completion by their 2030 deadline, according to the United Nations’ latest report on the SDGs.

“It is abundantly clear that a much deeper, faster, and more ambitious response is needed to unleash the social and economic transformation needed to achieve our 2030 goals.”— António Guterres, U.N. secretary-general

“The goals are very ambitious — like reaching zero hunger, eliminating poverty — and it is really challenging to reach that target in a short period of time,” Yongyi Min, chief of the Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section at the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said in an interview with Devex.

“Climate change jeopardizes a lot of the progress already made if we do not take on this issue. The goals are all interlinked, climate change links to poverty, links to disaster, links to hunger, links to water scarcity, and biodiversity loss,” Min continued.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.