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- he UN says multiple global crises are putting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in “grave danger”.
- Its 2022 update says the pandemic, climate change and armed conflicts are threatening humanity’s very own survival.
- The report says international cooperation must be urgently scaled up to find lasting solutions.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations’ member states in 2015. It provides “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. It’s based around 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which the UN describes as an urgent call for action. It says that ending global poverty must focus on strategies that reduce inequality and spur economic growth, while also tackling climate change.
However, the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022 paints a worrying picture of progress in almost all areas. It says that “cascading and interlinked crises are putting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in grave danger, along with humanity’s very own survival”. The impact of COVID-19, climate change and conflicts are affecting all the SDGs, the report says, adding that, despite signs of progress in some areas, everything from food, nutrition, health, education and the environment are being impacted.
What’s more, the cost of meeting the targets to fight such issues rose 25% to $176 trillion over the past year, reports Reuters, with performance on several measures reversing.
Here’s a breakdown of where each of the goals is at.