SDG pulse 2022

This UNCTAD SDG Pulse comes at a crucial moment in the history of both multilateralism and trade and development. Since 2020, the world has been in a constant state of cascading crises that overlap and compound each other. Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the war in Ukraine, have as a result impacted developing countries’ ability to meet their sustainable development goals. This SDG Pulse traces these complex disruptions in the world’s progress towards the 2030 Agenda through data-driven analysis relying on SDG indicators and other offcial statistics updated by our new stand-alone UNCTAD Statistics Unit. The fourth edition of SDG Pulse reveals uneven progress towards the 2030 Agenda and for too many countries a deterioration of the progress made under the compounding effects of these crises. Despite the rise of regional trade agreements, the lingering disruptions in global value chains, trade sanctions, and shrinking export diversifcation have dented the ability of global trade to foster sustainable and inclusive growth in the most vulnerable countries, with increasing concerns over food security. The indicators show bleaker conditions for fnancing for development with rising inequalities between and within countries and many SDGs falling increasingly out of reach. Furthermore, the strong rebound of CO2 emissions in 2021 underlines the need to transform policies that still allow the overuse of natural resources, rising pollution, and waste.

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