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*****World Poverty Clock. Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017 : From World Development Indicators. The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development. The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development

With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs. The Atlas is part of the World Development Indicators (WDI) family of products that offer high-quality, cross-country comparable statistics about development and people’s lives around the globe. You can: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their associated 169 targets are ambitious.

They will be challenging to implement, and challenging to measure. Trends, comparisons + country-level analysis for 17 SDGs. Most people, whether rich or poor, are totally wrong about poverty. The percentage of people living in extreme poverty around the world has fallen by more than half over the past three decades.

Most people, whether rich or poor, are totally wrong about poverty

But polls show that most people are not only ignorant of this fact, but believe that poverty has increased. This column explores progress towards ending global poverty by 2030, the first of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Poverty figures have fallen around the world since 1990, and there is a broad consensus on the policies needed for further reductions. Eradicating global poverty is achievable, but it is dependent on global and domestic political cooperation.

“Did you know that, in the past 30 years, the percentage of people in the world who live in extreme poverty has decreased by more than half?” In 2014, 84% of Americans who were asked this question were unaware of such declines in global extreme poverty. Figure 1. Sustainable Development Goals: one year on but are we any closer? Global health: How far have we come? And how much more do we have to do? Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, observed that knowledge is power and information is liberating.

Global health: How far have we come? And how much more do we have to do?

Indeed, the collection, analysis and dissemination of data and information should not be seen only as an instrument of scientific inquiry but more importantly, as a critical tool for guiding the formulation and implementation of policies to address complex problems in society. Last week at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., we had the opportunity to participate in the presentation of the findings of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2015 (GBD). Published as part of a dedicated issue of The Lancet, the GBD provides a picture of population health dynamics across the world over the last 25 years. What are some of the key findings of the GBD 2015? Globally, life expectancy at birth has increased significantly from 61.7 years in 1980 to 71.8 years in 2015. Related. No more 'developing countries' The world can defeat poverty by 2030 – but only if it does this. Unless governments do more to improve the quality of jobs, the UN’s goal of ending poverty by 2030 will not be met, a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) finds.

The world can defeat poverty by 2030 – but only if it does this

While significant progress has been made, the ILO’s World Employment Social Outlook report for 2016 warns that without investment in the creation of quality jobs that provide better social protection such as health and welfare benefits it will not be possible to reduce poverty in a lasting way. Image: ILO What will it take to end poverty? Extreme poverty rates have halved since 1990, when initial international commitments to reduce poverty were undertaken.

Nearly 2 billion people – around 36% of the emerging and developing world’s population – live on less than the “moderate poverty threshold” of $3.90 a day. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015, include ending poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030. Poverty increasing in developed countries Image: World Bank Share. There’s a new ranking of the healthiest countries. How is yours doing? The future of healthcare is key topic at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the Rebuilding Trust in the Healthcare Industry session here. Iceland tops a new ranking of the world’s healthiest countries, in a vast new study. One year into the SDGs, the results present a global picture of the progress made on the Millennium Development Goals, and the work still needed to achieve the Global Goals. Using the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2015, the research examines health in countries around the world to create a global ranking.

The indicators are ranked from 0-100, with 0 being the worst, and 100 the best. To explain some of their findings and methods, the study’s authors created an infographic, the full version of which is available here. Image: The Lancet Iceland, Sweden and Singapore top the ranking, with overall scores of 85 out of 100. Where health has got better – and worse.