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Evaluating Progress on the SDGs - GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey - March 2019

This latest GlobeScan-SustainAbility Survey explores global sustainability expert views about progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2017, we polled sustainability experts and asked them to evaluate progress on sustainable development and specifically the SDGs. Two years later, we have once again asked experts to evaluate progress on individual SDGs, rank their relative urgency and share insights into the priorities within their own organizations. We also asked which specific Goals individual corporate sectors should focus on.
More than 450 experienced professionals from North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa responded to our survey. Polled experts agree that, to date, society’s progress on sustainable development more broadly and the SDGs specifically has been inadequate. However, the proportion of experts who rate progress as poor has been shrinking since 2005, suggesting a long-term trend of experts becoming less critical.
Life Below Water, Reduced Inequalities, Life on Land and No Poverty are singled out by respondents as the SDGs where society’s level of achievement has been lagging the most. Experts call out Climate Action as the most urgent Goal for society to focus on.

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