Arab Sustainable Development Report 2020 cover

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDD/2019/2

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Flagship publications

Publication Subject: Arab Sustainable Development Report

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda

Initiatives: Arab Forum for Sustainable Development

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Basic education, Capacity building, Cities, Climate change, Conflict, Displaced persons, Economic development, Education, Educational quality, Energy consumption, Environment, Equality, Food consumption, Food security, Forests, Gender, Gender equality, Health, Health policy, Health services, Higher education, Industrial development, Industry, Marine ecosystems, Marine resources conservation, Maternal and child health, Migration, Oceans, Peace, Pollution, Population, Poverty, Poverty mitigation, Production, Production diversification, Public institutions, Renewable energy sources, Research and development, Science and technology, Secondary education, Socio-economic indicators, Statistics, Sustainable consumption, Sustainable development, Technology transfer, Urban development, Urban planning, Urban settlements, Water, Water pollution, Water quality, Water resources, Women's health, Youth, Youth employment, Industrial production

Arab Sustainable Development Report 2020

July 2020

Achieving sustainable development in the Arab region faces structural barriers that are often shared among the 22 Arab countries, despite variations in income level, natural resources, and demographic profiles. Transformative change in the Arab region entails dismantling those barriers to unleash the existing potential of its people, and to meet the ambition of its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The present report charts the regional trajectory for achieving the 2030 Agenda, and analyses where the region stands on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It offers a quantitative and qualitative analysis of each SDG in relation to the global indicator framework adopted by the General Assembly in 2017. Mobilizing ESCWA interdisciplinary knowledge, the expertise of regional United Nations entities and a group of esteemed experts, it highlights SDG interlinkages, examines the main barriers to achievement, sheds light on those most at risk of being left behind, and identifies the most critical entry points for moving forward. The findings urge structural changes across social, economic, political, cultural and environmental dimensions, and illustrate the possibilities for regional transformation.

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