Sustainable Development Goals: A Report on Global Progress


The Sustainable Development Goals Report (SDGs) is critical in assessing progress toward the SDGs at the global and regional levels. The United Nations conducted this report, which is updated yearly.

In this article, we will explore the significance and components of a Sustainable Development Goals Progress Report, as well as provide an overview of some of the highlights from the 2022 report (SDGs 2022 Report).

Why is a Sustainable Development Goals Progress Report important?

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) report is the only release that tracks global progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report contributes to the evaluation of progress toward the progress of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since 2013, countries have embarked on building the United Nations development agenda after 2015, including the set of 17 SDGs. The 2030 Agenda, which includes 17 SDGs, was officially accepted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015, with 193 member nations in attendance.

More 17 SDGs information: What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nations conducted the Sustainable Development Goals Report, updated yearly. The most recent report is the SDGs 2022 Report. Using the most current data and estimations available, the SDGs 2022 Report gives an overview of progress in achieving the SDGs, assisting the global community in monitoring the substantial effect of crises on people’s lives and livelihoods.

As a result, it is critical to provide crucial information as a basis for policy decisions, strengthening accountability, and motivating SDG implementation. The report also assists in measuring the effectiveness of programs, identifying issues that need to be addressed, and making recommendations to accomplish the 17 SDGs.

sustainable-development-goals-report17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (Internet photo)

The Sustainable Development Goals Report’s 2022

A Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report is divided into two parts: an overview that offers a general assessment of progress in implementing the 17 SDGs in the real context and a detailed part that includes precise statistics for each specific SDG.

The SDGs 2022 Report highlighted that the aspirations set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development face significant challenges as the world grapples with crises and conflicts. The continuing Covid-19 epidemic, which is already in its third year, and the conflict in Ukraine have exacerbated food, energy, health, environment, peace, and security concerns.

Furthermore, the global effects of climate change exacerbate the severity of these challenges. These issues are explained in detail in the report’s introductory section before transitioning to the subsequent section, which provides updates on each SDG. The main part of the report provides global updates on the progress of each of the 17 SDGs. For example, under SDG7 on affordable and clean energy, the report notes that progress needs to be improved to achieve Goal 7 by 2030.

Improvements in energy efficiency, for example, will need to accelerate to reach the climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In some countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has weakened or reversed advances. Rising commodity, energy and shipping prices have increased the cost of producing and transporting solar photovoltaic modules, wind turbines and biofuels… Achieving energy and climate goals will require continued policy support and massive public and private capital mobilisation for clean and renewable energy, especially in developing countries.

sustainable-development-goals-reportProportion of population with access to electricity, 2010 and 2020 (percentage) – image from the UN SDGs 2022 Report

According to the data from the report, the global electricity access rate increased from 83% in 2010 to 91% in 2020. Over this period, those without electricity shrank from 1.2 billion to 733 million, but the complexity of reaching those hardest to reach increased.

In 2018–2020, the electricity access rate rose by an average of 0.5 percentage points annually compared to 0.8 percentage points in 2010–2018. In 2020, over three-quarters, (77%) of the global population without electricity lived in sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in rural areas.

According to the report, if current trends continue, only 92% of the world’s population will have access to electricity in 2030, leaving 670 million people unserved. A major push is needed to reach those living in the least developed and in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

More information about the article: 670 million people will remain without electricity by 2030

The process of building the Sustainable Development Goals Report

The SDGs 2022 Report is a collaborative effort between the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and more than 50 international and regional agencies, based on millions of data points from over 200 countries and areas. Data collecting, analysis, and progress assessment are all part of the report development process. Organizations and countries must establish a well-organized and tightly managed process to ensure the accuracy and reliability of data and information.

Creating a Sustainable Development Goals Report faces challenges, such as accurate data, managing complex information, and assuring the participation and collaboration of multiple stakeholders. However, it provides several essential advantages, such as giving an overview of global and regional progress toward reaching the SDGs, and therefore suggesting improving the effectiveness and responsiveness of programs and projects. The Sustainable Development Goals Report may help enhance SDG implementation and achieve a sustainable future.

More details about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2022 Report: Link.

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