In just two weeks, world leaders from all the UN member states will meet in New York for the largest ever gathering of heads of state. They will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals to guide policy over the next 15 years. Unlike their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals that helped halve child mortality in developing regions, these new goals will also apply to the rich nations. They will not only address high-income countries as donors of development assistance, but will also demand domestic reform in the OECD nations themselves.
The study “Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?” is published today as the first comparative assessment in this regard (free download: www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/4472/ ). It is an initial stress test of rich countries for the SDGs and highlights best practices for achieving the goals over the coming 15 years.
Kofi Annan writes in his foreword: “The study shows that high-income countries must do more to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. […] This study will hopefully spark reform debates on sustainability and social justice in many high-income countries. We owe it to our planet and its people.”