The UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon has released the first annual report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report provides a global overview of the current situation regarding the SDGs on the basis of the latest available data for indicators in the proposed global framework.
The report also highlights the theme of the 2016 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as: ‘Ensuring that no one is left behind.’
This has been achieved through models of disaggregated data that identify where specific population groups are lagging behind. It further provides information on the methodologies used for the compilation of global indicators and an overview of data availability and statistical challenges.
The report, which was put together by the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), notes, among others, that:
• One in eight people still live in extreme poverty
• Nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger
• An estimated 5.9 million children die before they reach age 5
• More than one in four girls marry before their 18th birthday
• 1.1 billion People live without electricity
• Water scarcity affects more than 2 billion people.
The report is arranged in four chapters that includes an introduction and a chapter titled, ‘Measuring progress towards the SDGs.’ it presents the latest data for each of the 17 SDGs, both with regards to achievements and remaining challenges. A chapter on data and indicators, which covers information concerning the availability and compilation of data, challenges faced by national statistical offices and the international statistical community in producing the SDG indicators, and global initiatives to address the challenges is also available in the report.
In addition to the report of the Secretary-General, the SDGs Report 2016 will be released on July 19, 2016 during the Ministerial Segment of the HLPF, which is taking place from 11-20 July 2016 in New York, US.