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7th annual Sustainable Development Report

By Danny Harrington, MD ITS Education Asia


ITS is a youth organization member of the SDSN and keenly aware of the work that it does. The 2022 report warns that for “the second year in a row, the world is no longer making progress on the SDGs.” Last year’s report was the first to reveal a reverse in SDG progress since they began in 2015. The key reasons are that the covid pandemic has, for at least 2 years now, had a major impact on economic conditions and taken up government resources of all kinds. Thus there has been a direct impact on work being done towards SDGs 1 and 8 and poor performance registered particularly on SDGs 11 to 15. With the Ukraine conflict now over 100 days old and some places, notably China, still under the impact of the pandemic, the report notes other strategic priorities drawing attention and financing away from SDG specific programmes and goals.

It is yet another example of poor and blinkered thinking that governments and powerful corporations continue to relegate sustainability when they could actually address all their other issues more effectively by prioritizing sustainability. All geopolitical thinking needs to be seen through a sustainability lens on the 21st century.

 

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