The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on August 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 is the Secretary-General’s inaugural report on the SDGs and was launched on 19 July 2016 in New York, during the Ministerial Segment of the High-level Political Forum. It presents data and analysis on the SDGs for a wide audience with charts, infographics and analysis on selected indicators for which data are already available.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 is the first account of where the world stands at the beginning of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  At the start of our journey, one in eight people still live in extreme poverty; nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger; an estimated 5.9 million children die before they reach age 5; 1.1 billion people live without electricity; and water scarcity affects more than 2 billion people. The 2030 agenda promises to leave no one behind and to reach the most vulnerable first. The report stresses that several population groups remain at large disadvantage. The statistics presented in the report show how important data are for systematic follow-up and review of progress and to provide evidence for decision-making at all levels. The data requirements for the global indicators are vast and unprecedented, and constitute a tremendous challenge to all countries, calling for coordinated data-generation efforts involving stakeholders worldwide.

Accompanying the report is the Global SDG indicators database, which was also launched on 19 July 2016. This database is the clearinghouse for data on the global SDG indicators and includes both country level data as well as regional and global aggregates. The metadata for each indicator and data series will accompany the data. The SDG indicators global database will be under continuous development, adding new data visualization tools and graphs in order to make the database accessible and useful to a wide audience. This database is managed by the United Nations Statistics Division of UN-DESA.

The report is prepared by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, based on data and information provided by the United Nations system and other international agencies.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016