Seven years to save nature and people: a proposed set of policies and actions for the SDG Summit
We have reached the midpoint of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, taking stock of the progress achieved so far, it is sobering to realise that we are deeply off-track to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Despite gains across many of the goals, the acute and lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the associated food, energy and debt crises, have halted or reversed progress in many areas. We are only on track to meet 12% of the targets, and none of the goals, by 2030.
As one of the leading organisations in nature conservation, and custodian of five SDG indicators, IUCN closely examines in this report the four ‘nature-related’ goals – SDGs 6, 13, 14 and 15. The purpose is to provide an account of their progress, as well as a set of actions that can accelerate progress to meet the SDGs by 2030, supporting the UN Secretary-General’s Rescue Plan for People and Planet.