"Time is of the essence" to implement the Sustainable Development Goals: UN

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Children lining up for their one meal per day at a school in Bandarero, Northern Kenya. Photo: OCHA/ Daniel Pfister

The rate of progress to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets by 2030 is "far slower than needed".

That's the view of the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Wu Hongbo.

He was speaking at the launch of latest SDG progress report on Monday.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The share of people living in extreme poverty has declined to 11 per cent, however, an estimated 767 million still live on less than US$1.90 a day, warned the head of the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, DESA, Wu Hongbo.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017 also found that maternal deaths had declined, that gender inequality remained "entrenched" and youth unemployment "pervasive."

Many of those who escaped extreme poverty are "highly vulnerable" to becoming destitute again, said Mr Wu.

"In this second year of implementation, time is of the essence. Indeed, we can point to the improvements in some areas of the gender implementation; however the report shows that the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the goals and targets by 2030."

The 2030 Agenda provides a blueprint to end hunger and poverty by 2030, deliver prosperity for all people and protect the planet.

It also resolves "to leave no one behind and foster a world of peace, justice."

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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