'My coun­try first' ap­proach threat­en­ing the SDGs

Financial Nigeria Magazine - - Development -

The new SDG (Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals) In­dex and Dash­boards Re­port 2017, re­leased last month ahead of the G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg, il­lus­trates that world lead­ers need to strengthen their joint ef­forts to re­al­ize the global goals. Not only does a ris­ing trend of na­tion­al­ism and pro­tec­tion­ism im­pede the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the goals, in­dus­tri­al­ized coun­tries are not serv­ing as role mod­els.

Many of the rich­est coun­tries in the world are nowhere near achiev­ing the global pol­icy ob­jec­tives but also de­te­ri­o­rate the im­ple­men­ta­tion process for poorer coun­tries be­cause of neg­a­tive spillover ef­fects.

The study was writ­ten by ex­perts of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment So­lu­tions Net­work (SDSN) and the Ber­tels­mann Stiftung, un­der the lead au­thor­ship of UN Spe­cial Ad­vi­sor and world-renowned econ­o­mist Prof. Jef­frey Sachs.

The United States ranks 42nd on the 2017 SDG In­dex, plac­ing it ahead of only 4 other OECD coun­tries (Chile, Is­rael, Mex­ico and Tur­key) and be­hind many Euro­pean states such as Latvia (32nd) or Greece (38th), as well as Cuba, which takes the 29th place, and Ar­gentina (41st).

The coun­tries which are clos­est to ful­fill­ing the goals are not the big­gest economies but com­pa­ra­bly small, de­vel­oped coun­tries: Swe­den, Den­mark and Fin­land are the top three per­form­ing coun­tries. Among the G7 coun­tries, only Ger­many and France can be found among the top ten per­form­ers.

Nige­ria ranks 145 glob­ally, out of 157 coun­tries, with 48.6 score, from max­i­mum 100. The Sub Sa­ha­ran African re­gion has 51.4 av­er­age score.

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