Europe behind on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Halfway through the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda, Europe is on track to achieve just 26, or 15%, of the 169 goals, the Economic Commission says United Nations for Europe (UNECE).

Seven years after the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, Europe must accelerate progress or reverse current trends to achieve its ambitions for 2030, according to the report, which identifies targets and goals where urgent action is needed to achieve of the 2030 agenda a reality, Xinhua News Agency quoted the UNECE in its 2022 SDG progress report released here on Friday.

“Our report shows that progress has been too slow: where we were supposed to accelerate progress on 57 goals (last year), they have now increased to 64; whereas last year we had nine goals where we needed to reverse the trend, now we have 15,” said UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova.

Given that a few targets, such as those relating to extreme poverty, food security, maternal mortality or clean water, are on track to achieve the SDGs, progress in many other categories needs to be improved. accelerated.

For example, although extreme poverty is rare in the UNECE region, the targets for reducing poverty and income inequality are not on track to be met by 2030, as one in five experience multidimensional poverty in UNECE countries, according to the report.

While the UNECE region is on track to meet targets for maternal and child mortality and road safety, all other health targets need to be accelerated, such as progress towards reducing incidence and impact of communicable and non-communicable diseases and improving mental health and well-being.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected access to health services with the potential to further slow progress on preventable diseases, premature mortality, mental health and family planning, according to the report.

Based on the report’s assessment, of all measurable targets, the UNECE region will achieve only 26 SDG targets by 2030, while progress needs to accelerate on 64 targets and the current trend must be reversed for 15 targets.

Meanwhile, around 40% of the 169 targets cannot be adequately measured by official statistics due to insufficient data, which is an “urgent reminder that reliable, accurate and trustworthy statistics are not only the basis of good technical analysis, but are the foundation of evidence for policy-making at all levels,” she said.

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