Towards the Achievement of Prioritised Sustainable Development Goals in OIC Countries 2020
Date: 02 November 2020

SESRIC has released its newest report titled “Towards the Achievement of Prioritised Sustainable Development Goals in OIC Countries 2020”. The Report covers eight prioritised SDGs (SDG 1-5, 8-9, and 13) and additional three SDGs including SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and SDG 14 (life below water). The number of indicators used in this year’s report was 50 for the OIC countries group across 147 SDG indicators available on these 11 SDGs. The Report analyses whether the selected indicators have moved towards or away from the related targets under the 11 SDGs covered.

This year’s Report reveals that the OIC countries as a group is estimated not to achieve by 2030 any of the prioritised and the additional three SDGs covered without intensified efforts. Although some progress has been observed in SDG 1 (ending poverty), SDG 3 (ensuring healthy lives), SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education), and SDG 9 (supporting industry, innovation and infrastructure), these improvements are not sufficient to achieve the targets under the respective SDGs by 2030.

The Report also presents a stagnant progress concerning SDG 2 (ending hunger), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), and SDG 8 (ensuring sustainable economic growth and decent work) which means the OIC countries group is too slow to be on track for the achievement of these three SDGs by 2030. Additionally, lack of data prevents a comprehensive analysis on SDGs 5, 11, 13, and 14.

The 2020 edition of the Report discusses the possible devastating impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on the SDGs in an effort to motivate the OIC countries to support each other in addressing the severe negative socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.

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