This Report is the annual review of the progress made towards achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the second year of implementation. The SDGs are the guiding principles to the actualisation and growth of a nation; accentuating the need to free humanity from poverty, secure a healthy planet for future generations, and build peaceful, inclusive societies as a footstool for a life full of integrity for all.
This 64-pager gives a well-structured review of the goals with reference to the state of the continent and an examination of progress with implementation. It is based on latest available data on selected indicators of the global SDG indicator framework, prepared by the UN with inputs from a large number of international and regional organisations.
Unfortunately, the implementation of the goals has shown a slower progress than expected. The report shows the uneven advancement of the different regions in the continent. Judging by the focus on 17 major economic, social, and environmental areas, which should act as the bane of any working nation; the UN expects implementation to be above 50% as of now. However, Governments are urged to ensure that proper tracking of progress, which requires the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of an unprecedented amount of data and statistics at their subnational, national, regional, and global levels to enable monitoring and implementation.
The book is well structured to clarify its message. The background of study, challenges, purpose, proffered solutions, collated data where presented, and recommendation approach, make the book a complete report in itself. In addition, the use of graphics in every chapter aids the flow and assimilation.
Furthermore, its application of real life events from African countries sheds light on the region and simplifies the understanding of the report. If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, key stakeholders, including governments, must drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a faster rate.
To leave no one behind, we must run and not walk.
Publisher: United Nations (UN)
Year of Publication: June 2017.