Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab region

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL4.SIT/2023/TP.2

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Climate change, Debt and fiscal policy, Financing for development, Gender equality, Governance & enabling environment, Inclusive development, Future of employment, Macroeconomics, Natural resource sustainability

Initiatives: Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal Data, Public finance and inclusive fiscal policy

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water, Goal 15: Life On Land, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords: Arab countries, Covid-19, Sustainable development, Data collection, Poverty, Education, Hunger, Gender equality, Water, Sanitation, Energy consumption, Economic growth, Innovations, Equality, Sustainable transport, Peace, Justice, Climate, Finance, Community development, Natural resources development, Industry, Productivity, Regional development, Development indicators

Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab region

March 2023

The Arab region, which has been characterized by instability and conflict for the past two decades, is facing various challenges. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only hampered development efforts, increased poverty, and burdened health systems in many Arab countries, but it has also halted data production crucial to monitoring development progress and the impact of policies. The 2022 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development called for a new phase of accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. It is therefore more urgent than ever to drive development and compile much-needed evidence to measure progress, stagnation and setbacks.

The present report provides information on the region’s progress in each of the 17 SDGs and their 169 target and related indicators, and highlights where the region now stands in relation to 2030, with a 2015 baseline. It stresses the importance of data availability and its impact on planning processes. It also presents key messages under each Goal.

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