In response to the SDGs Progress Report ahead of the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF, New York 9-18 July 2018), a wide group of CSOs from all around the world are asking for urgent action and accountability for the 2030 Agenda*.
Three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the SDGs progress report of the UN Secretary-General paints an alarming picture.
As indicated in the call, “not only has progress not been made on some of the Agenda’s most intractable and essential objectives, for many of the goals there is not even sufficient data to measure potential gains. More than half of SDG indicators remain unresolved, and many of the baselines mentioned in the report are from 2015 – meaning that, effectively, we have no idea whether the 2030 Agenda is spurring action on these targets or whether any progress on them has been made”.
Moreover, “the attention to inequalities within and between countries, the recognition of the need to simultaneously tackle the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development through an interlinkage approach are not meaningfully reflected in global trends in either implementation or reporting”.
As members of SDG Watch Europe and Action for Sustainable Development, SOLIDAR shares these concerns and the need for - as the foundation of multilateralism is under threat- the SDGs to offer guidance to move towards a development model that put people, dignity and respect for planetary boundaries first.
At the forthcoming HLPF, governments should demonstrate that this is exactly what they are doing.
• You can sign-on to "Urgent action and accountability for the 2030 Agenda: now or never" (Response to the SDGs Progress Report ahead of the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum) here.