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Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets 2019

An Assessment of Where OECD Countries Stand

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a broad and ambitious programme for the world to achieve by 2030. With 17 Goals, underpinned by 169 Targets, the complex and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda presents national governments with huge challenges for implementation. To assist countries, the OECD has developed a unique methodology allowing comparison of progress across SDG goals and targets. Based on the UN Global List of 244 indicators, this study evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets for which data is currently available. This 2019 edition of the study presents the latest results for OECD countries, both on average and individually, as well as new exploratory approaches to assessing progress over time and transboundary aspects of the SDGs. By providing a high-level overview of countries’ strengths and weaknesses in performance across the SDGs, this study aims to support member countries in navigating the SDGs and in setting their own priorities for action within the broad 2030 Agenda.

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How far are OECD countries from achieving the SDG targets?

Achieving the SDGs requires understanding where countries stand today, in order to plan how to reach the targets set for 2030. This chapter uses the UN Global Indicator List, supported by OECD and UN data, and a unique methodology in order to assess how far countries are from achieving the 2030 targets. It shows the distance from the targets for the OECD area as a whole, and how much of the 2030 Agenda currently remains unmeasurable. It also analyses changes in performance over the recent past, to assess whether countries are moving towards the targets, or away from them. In addition, it presents an analysis of transboundary aspects of the SDGs based on the indicators in the UN Global List that are currently available to measure these.

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