How much progress is being made on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

A slowdown in progress on key areas is putting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 'in peril'.

A slowdown in progress on key areas is putting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 'in peril'. Image: Unsplash/Markus Spiske

Rebecca Geldard
Senior Writer, Forum Agenda
Stefan Ellerbeck
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Proportion of the world’s population living below $2.15/day, 2015–2019 realized and 2020–2030 forecast and projected (percentage).
The number of people living in extreme poverty is rising. Image: United Nations

Under-5 and neonatal mortality rate, 2015–2021 (deaths per 1,000 live births).
Mortality rates of children under five are slowing in many countries. Image: United Nations

Proportion of population with access to electricity, 2015 and 2021 (percentage).
More people than ever have access to electricity, but the pace is lagging for least developed countries. Image: United Nations

Proportion of population covered by a mobile network, 2022 (percentage).
More than 95% of the world has mobile broadband access. Image: United Nations

Global annual mean temperature relative to pre-industrial levels (1850-1900 average), 1850-2022 (degrees Celsius).
Urgent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are needed to stop temperatures rising 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Image: United Nations

Trend in forest area as a proportion of total land area, 2015-2020.
Deforestation and forest degradation remain major global threats. Image: United Nations


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