The Short and Winding Road to 2030

Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has an unprecedented ambition, but also confronts countries with an enormous challenge given the complex and integrated nature of the Agenda with its 17 Goals, underpinned by 169 Targets. To assist national governments with their implementation, the OECD has developed a unique methodology allowing comparison of progress across SDG goals and targets, and also over time. Based on the Global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging UN and OECD data, this report provides a high-level assessment of OECD Member countries’ performance across the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda. The report evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets for which data is currently available, but it goes one step further and deepens the analysis by identifying long-term trends, considering also how these trends may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. By providing a high-level overview of countries’ strengths and weaknesses in performance across the SDGs, it 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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The “Prosperity” theme of the 2030 Agenda aims at ensuring “access to prosperous and fulfilling lives” and covers the interactions between economic, social and technological progress and the environment. Relying on the global indicator framework, this chapter assesses whether OECD countries are likely to achieve the SDG targets focusing on Prosperity by 2030. It shows where OECD countries are standing in terms of their current performance but also considers recent changes over time, and what part of the 2030 Agenda currently remains unmeasurable. It also discusses some of the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Prosperity targets.



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