The Sustainable Development Report (formerly the SDG Index & Dashboards) is a global assessment of countries’ progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a complement to the official SDG indicators and the voluntary national reviews.

All data presented are based on the publication

  • Sachs, J., Lafortune, G., Kroll, C., Fuller, G., Woelm, F. (2022). From Crisis to Sustainable Development: the SDGs as Roadmap to 2030 and Beyond. Sustainable Development Report 2022. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Today, the Sustainable Development Report (SDR), including the SDG Index and Dashboards which track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was released. The report shows that multiple and simultaneous international crises have halted progress on the universal goals adopted by all UN member countries during the historic 2015 summit. This year’s report discusses the critical need and channels of development finance for low-income and lower-middle income countries.

“Fifty years after the first UN Conference on the human environment in Stockholm in 1972, the bedrock SDG principles of social inclusion, clean energy, responsible consumption, and universal access to public services are needed more than ever to respond to the major challenges of our time. Poor and vulnerable countries are being hit particularly hard by multiple health, geopolitical and climate crises and their spillovers. To restore and accelerate SDG progress, we need global cooperation to end the pandemic, negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, and secure the financing needed to achieve the SDGs.”

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, President of the SDSN and first author of the report.
Governments’ Commitment and Efforts for the SDGs Score (pilot version) versus SDG Index Score

Executive Summary

In a context of multiple crises, the report analyzes and outlines how the SDGs can be used as a roadmap for more sustainable societies by 2030 and beyond. In particular, this year’s edition underlines the importance of international financing mechanisms for addressing lack of fiscal space in poorer countries and promoting sustainable investments into physical and human infrastructure.

Part 1: A Global Plan to Finance the SDGs

The SDGs are not being achieved. Success is held back by severe financing constraints facing the developing countries: constraints that have been gravely aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. The key to achieving the SDGs, besides preserving peace and lowering geopolitical tensions, is having a plan to finance them.

Part 2: The SDG Index and Dashboards

In 2015, for the first time in history, all UN Member States agreed on a common set of goals for sustainable development. Multiple health and security crises, amplified by the climate and biodiversity crises, are now, however, putting the sustainable development agenda at risk. As the SDG Index highlights, since 2019 these crises have halted progress on sustainable development worldwide.

Part 3: Policy Efforts and Commitments for the SDGs

Ambitious and sound national targets, strategies, and plans are crucial to turning the SDGs into an action agenda. At mid-point on the way to 2030, policy efforts and commitments supporting the SDGs vary significantly across countries, including among G20 countries. This year’s edition presents pilot scores of Governments’ Commitment and Efforts for the SDGs for more than 60 countries.

Part 4: SDG Data Systems and Statistics

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a massive shift in the demand for data, especially for timelier and higher-quality data. Governments have needed more rapid, geolocated, and granular data and have had to find new ways to satisfy user demands with reduced budgets and staff resources, while also balancing data timeliness, precision, and quality needs.
SDG Index and Dashboards: Global, Regional and Subnational editions (2015-2022).
Source: Authors’ analysis. Download the reports and databases at:


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