Paolo Soro

OECD and the Sustainable Development Goals: Delivering on universal goals and targets

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are broad and ambitious, calling on all countries – be they upper, middle or low income – to make tangible improvements to the lives of their citizens. The goals encompass social, environmental and economic aspects.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders at the United Nations on 25 September 2015, sets out an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. At its core are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprising 169 targets.

On July 14 2016 the OECD presented its Pilot Study on Measuring OECD Countries’ Starting Positions on the SDGs in the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs in New York.

The Study, Measuring the Distance to the SDGs Targets, piloted on selected OECD countries, leverages on the OECD work on well-being and the wealth of its data, and is a first attempt at estimating the distance that OECD countries have to travel to achieve the target levels set for 2030.

Based on an innovative methodology, the Study aims at helping OECD countries establish their priorities and design the policies they will need to bridge the gaps in order to achieve the SDGs.

A distinctive feature of the Study is that it allows OECD countries to focus on those specific targets where the gaps are larger and where more progress needs to be made. The Study also makes a first attempt at highlighting where OECD countries stand with respect to targets where they make a direct global contribution to the achievement of the SDGs. This preliminary version of the Pilot Study will be refined and regularly updated over the next few months.

Source: OECD

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