July 2020 -
The UN has released their SDGs Report detailing where the world is with reaching the 2030 goal. Unfortunately, you can quickly see in the overview that we are still short of these goals with the implications of COVID-19 making some situations more dire. With only 10 years left to go, advocates like you continue to be critical to ensuring progress is made not only globally, but locally as well.
SDG 1 - No Poverty: COVID-19 causes the first increase in global poverty in decades.
SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being: Less than half of the global population is covered by essential health services. The pandemic has interrupted childhood immunization programs in around 70 countries.
SDG 4 - Quality Education: School closures kept 90% of all students out of school reversing years of progress on education. Remote learning remains out of reach for at least 500 million students.
SDG 5 - Gender Equality: Despite improvements (fewer girls forced into early marriage, more women in leadership roles), full gender equality remains unreached. Cases of domestic violence have increased by 30% in some countries.
SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth: Global economic growth was slowing down, and now due to COVID-19 the word faces the worst ecomic recessions since the great depression.
SDG 13 - Climate Action: COVID-19 may result in a 6% drop in greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 (still short of 7.6% annual reduction needed). However, climate change still exacerbates the frequency and severity of natural disasters.
SDG #1 - Poverty Rates in the US: