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Insight of the Week: Sustainability Experts Point to Climate Action as the Most Urgent of the Sustainable Development Goals

Insight of the Week
16/04/2021
Tove Malmqvist

Sustainability Experts Point to Climate Action as the Most Urgent of the Sustainable Development Goals

Most Urgent Goal, Total Mentions, All Respondents (%), 2019–2021

Sustainability experts continue to call out Climate Action as the SDG requiring the most urgent action, followed by Life on Land, Reduced Inequalities, and Responsible Consumption and Production. Reduced Inequalities, Quality Education, Zero Hunger, and Good Health have all increased in perceived urgency compared to 2019.

While the Global Goals are highly interrelated, it is clear in the lead-up to COP26 in Glasgow and with the ongoing focus on ESG that climate change remains one of the most critical sustainable development challenges.

Notes:

  • Question wording: Which three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do you think require the most urgent action?
  • Data source: GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey of over 500 experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 75 countries.

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