"Key benchmark" report on sustainable development reveals serious challenges

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Ministerial Segment of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The first ever Sustainable Development Goals report provides an "accurate evaluation of where the world stands" on reaching ambitious targets by 2030, according to the UN chief.

Launching the report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that latest data indicated that one person in eight, still lives in extreme poverty, while nearly 800 million are still going hungry.

Matthew Wells has more details.

The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs report 2016, was described by Mr Ban as the "key benchmark" by which the 193 countries who signed up to the SDGs last September, can judge progress.

The ambitious goals include ending poverty, hunger, and tackling climate change.

He said the report was based on official data provided on the indicators for the goals, developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, agreed by Member States.

"It provides an accurate evaluation of where the world stands on the 17 goals, using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges."

He added that 1.1 billion people are living without electricity, and water scarcity affects more than 2 billion.

The data underscored the need for targeted action designed to ensure that no countries are left behind.

He said that "coordinated efforts worldwide will be indispensable" to make sure the data is reliable and timely, in the years ahead.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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