SDG Index Ranks Countries’ Progress Toward Reaching Goals
World Economic Forum: Which countries are achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals fastest?
Andrea Willige, formative content writer with the WEF, examines a prototype index created by non-profit organization Bertelsmann Stiftung and the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network to measure countries’ performance toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. “The SDG Index measures 149 countries, comparing their current progress with a baseline measurement taken in 2015. … Not unexpectedly, some of the world’s poorest countries are near the bottom of the ranking. The SDGs are, after all, a demanding bunch: including a call to end extreme poverty and hunger, universal access to health care, education, safe water and sanitation, modern energy services, and decent work. These areas continue to be an uphill struggle for many nations…” (3/20).