Most SDGs miss 2020 deadline: Report

Staff Correspondent

8 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Only two sustainable development goals out 12 with a 2020 meeting deadline have been officially recognized to be on track, said a report by the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there were 12 SDGs along with 21 indicators that had a 2020 deadline, added the Sustainable Development Report 2020.

The two on-track targets deal with Responsible Consumption and Production goal for better environmental management, and climate action to address climate change issue.

Six of the SDGs are in the red and facing major challenges. Another two are in the orange facing significant challenges, while the last two SDGs facing some challenges have been marked as yellow, the report mentioned.

“Bangladesh has managed to keep only two SDGs targets on track although it was supposed to achieve 21 targets of 12 SDGs by 2020 while other are in the red or facing substantive challenges,” said Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, while presenting the analysis at a virtual event on Sunday.

“Although the government has given oral support to SDGs, no analysis of this performance has been presented in the national budget for the FY2021-22,” he added. 

The weakest areas in terms of meeting SDG targets in 2020 have centred around citizens’ well-being, clean water sources, internet and information access and availability of timely, reliable and disaggregated data, the analysis suggested. 

The target of maintaining genetic diversity of seeds, plants and animals through seed and plant banks on a national, regional and international levels under “zero hunger” goal has been marked as red.

Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2020 used the 2015 data for this. 

Under SDG-3 for good health and well-being, Bangladesh was supposed to halve the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020.

But the target has also been marked as red in the performance review.

 Dr. Bhattacharya said the country is far away from achieving the important target as it could not stop fatalities from road accidents.

 The 2020 deadline targets placed in the red were set under the goals dealing with clean water and sanitation; industry, innovation and infrastructure; and sustainable cities and communities.

The SDGs-life below water dealing with marine and coastal ecosystem; and life on land to protect lives and livelihoods on land are facing substantial challenges and have been marked as orange. There were nine targets under these two goals to be achieved by 2020.

The country was found to be facing less challenges in achieving two-yellow marked goals --quality education; and decent work and economic growth. There were a total of three targets under these goals with 2020 deadline.