Nigeria is ranked 160 position while Scandinavia Countries are on top 10 by UN- SDGs Global Implementations.
The 2030 Agenda, approved by the United Nations at the end of 2015, contemplates the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. While these 17 Global Goals with their 169 targets seek to improve the living conditions and conservation of the environment especially in developing countries, they also include improvement expectations for developed countries.
In order to reach the year 2030 with fulfillment guarantees of these purposes it’s important to follow up the implementation of the SDGs. There are United Nations official initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which monitors the activity of countries and regions in the work of implementing the SDGs and also records the information.
The Scandinavian countries, at the top
The Global Achievement of the Goals is determined by the SDG Index and Dashboard, a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 is the worst level of implementation and 100 means full compliance with the targets.
In this ranking, Sweden (84.5), Denmark (83.9), Norway (82.3) and Finland (81) top the leading positions, mainly due to their good performance in social and economic issues, although the data show that they must still work on the transition to a low carbon economy.
By contrast, African countries like the Central African Republic (26.1), Liberia (30.5), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (31.3) or Niger (31.4) are in the queue. They share lacks in all aspects, especially poverty, hunger, education, and peace and justice.
For it part, Spain ranks 30th with 72.2; Chile is 42nd with 67.2; Mexico is 56th with 63.4; Peru is 81st with 58.4 and Colombia is 91st (57.2). In addition, Countries like the United States is in the 25th place with 72.7; Canada is 13th with 76.8; Australia is 20th with 74.5 and the United Kingodm is 10th with 78.1. While Nigeria is ranked 160 positions on Implementation of SDGs Global 2030 Agenda.
are countries achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
When analyzing the performance of each country, the report emphasizes the goals in which states stand out positively or negatively. Taking as an example some countries from each continent, we show some of the Goals that they fulfill well, regular or still do not fulfill:
EUROPE – Spain: FULFILLS Gender Equality. REGULAR in Sustainable Cities and Communities and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. NEEDS to IMPROVE in Zero Hunger and Quality education.
EUROPE – United Kingdom: FULFILLS No Poverty and Partnership for Goals. REGULAR in Good health and well-being and Decent work and Economic Growth. NEEDS to IMPROVE in Zero Hunger and Affordable and Clean Energy.
Mexico: DOESN’T FULFILL any Goal. REGULAR in Gender Quality and Climate Action. NEEDS TO IMPROVE in No Poverty and Zero Hunger.
AMERICA – United States: FULFILLS Clean Water and Sanitation and Industry, Innovation and infrastructure. REGULAR in Good health and Well-being and Quality. NEEDS TO IMPROVE in Climate Action and Peace, justice and Strong Institutions.
Australia: FULFILLS Good Health and Well-being and Sustainable Cities and Communities. REGULAR in Industry, Innovation and infrastructure and Responsible production and Consumption. NEEDS to IMPROVE in Affordable and Clean Energy and Life below Water.
ASIA – China: FULFILLS Quality education and Decent work and Economic Growth. REGULAR in No Poverty and Gender Equality. NEEDS to IMPROVE on Climate Action and Life on Lannd.
AFRICA – South Africa: FULFILLS on Gender Equality. REGULAR in Sustainable Cities and Communities. NEEDS to IMPROVE in Clean Water and Sanitation and Affordable and Clean Energy.
As I drop my golden pen this morning,
I can only recommend to other State Governors to imbibe the methodology adopted by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in aligning with 17 Global Goals of SDGs using his four Cardinal Agenda which is captured in his Roadmap to Accelerated Development 2019 to 2023 to attain SDGs 2030 Agenda. If all the State Governors can also align appropriately and work harmoniously with Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals OSSAP- SDGs certainly Nigeria’s rating will also improve accordingly.
Hon Kunle Yusuff MON is the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)