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SDG Thirteen: A Pound of Cure, Sure, But Where’s the Ounce of Prevention?

Expanding economic prosperity while avoiding dangerous climate change is perhaps the defining challenge of the 21st century.  So I’m glad to see that the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a goal for climate.  But I’m puzzled by a pretty fundamental omission. While the draft SDGs list targets for adapting to climate change, and educating people about climate change, and even mobilizing serious money in response to climate change, there’s not actually a target for, ahem, preventing climate change.

SDG Nine: Strengthening Roads and Research

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets

Target 9.1 discusses reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on access. It may be a good target to include specific mention of an under-addressed infrastructure need: roads.   While access to transport is addressed in general terms in Goal 11, there is no specific mention of road access (as compared to other infrastructure including water, sanitation, electricity and telecommunications). 

SDG Eight: Sharpening the Target on Economic Growth

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets. 

Target 8.1 calls for rapid per capita economic growth.  As this is a vital element of sustained progress on development, it is absolutely right that a comprehensive set of development goals include a growth target. 

SDG Seven: Update the ‘Modern’ in Universal Modern Energy Access

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets.

I love the proposed Sustainable Development Goal Seven. It says “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. Target 7.1 is even better:  “By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.” Who could be against that?

SDG Five: Improving the Gender Targets

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets

The Open Working Group’s Goal Five (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) is a notable departure from the first four goals.

SDG One: First Fix the Goalposts

This is the latest in a series of CGD blogs suggesting improvements to the SDG targets.

The first target of the first goal of the Sustainable Development Goals is to “eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere” by 2030.  The second target is to “reduce at least by half the proportion of…. [people] living in poverty…..according to national definitions.”  

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