Climate Change, Growing Inequality, Lack Of Ambition Impacting Efforts To Achieve SDGs, U.N. Report, SG Say

Associated Press: U.N.: Climate change undercutting work to end poverty, hunger
“Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday. The report on progress toward achieving the 17 U.N. goals notes achievements in some areas, including a 49% fall in child mortality between 2000 and 2017 as well as electricity now reaching nearly 90% of the world’s population…” (Lederer, 7/10).

Devex: Climate change, inequality threaten shaky SDG progress, U.N. reports
“…The U.N. released its updated landscape of the 2030 sustainable development agenda on Tuesday, the first day of the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. This year’s two-week forum is set to highlight country progress on six SDGs, focused on education, economic growth, inequality, climate action, peaceful and inclusive societies, and global partnerships for sustainable development…” (Lieberman, 7/10).

U.N. News: Global response to poverty and environmental goals ‘not ambitious enough’
“The global response to realizing poverty and environmental goals agreed by world leaders in 2015 has not been ‘ambitious enough’ according to the U.N. secretary general. In his latest report on the progress towards meeting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, the U.N. chief António Guterres said that while a ‘wealth of action’ had been taken by governments across the world, ‘the most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most’…” (7/9).

Additional coverage of the report is available from Reuters, U.N. News, and Xinhua News (2).