The interlinked challenges of climate change and sustainable development must be urgently addressed to deliver a stable and secure world to future generation. Governments recognize this, but greater efforts – including scaling up and speeding up climate action – are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the latest report on the SDGs presented on 17 July by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
“We need to recognize that climate change became the main accelerator of all other factors,” said Mr Guterres, emphasizing the need to address climate change in order to successfully achieve the SDGs.
Despite Advances, Accelerated Efforts Needed
Using the most recent data available, the annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind.
This year’s report finds that while progress has been made over the past decade across all areas of development, the pace of progress has been insufficient and advancements have been uneven to fully meet the implementation of the SDGs.
“Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking,” stated Mr Guterres. “This report shows that the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030.”
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