Sustainable Development Goals Progress: How Is South Asia Doing?

NEW YORK – As we head into the fourth and final quarter of 2019 and begin the third decade of the 21st century, it seems like a good time to review the progress of South Asian countries toward reaching the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for 2030.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the likelihood that South Asia can attain the sustainable development goals is seriously in jeopardy.

This information originally appeared in the “United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Progress Chart 2019.” We are providing a simplified format.

GoalProgress
Eradicate extreme povertyOn target
End hungerAcceleration needed
End stuntingAcceleration needed
Increase agricultural fundingOn target
Births attended by skilled health professionalsAcceleration needed
End preventable deaths of children under 5 years of ageAcceleration needed
End the epidemic of HIV infectionsLimited or no progress
End the epidemic of malariaOn target
Increase vaccine coverageOn target
Ensure proficiency in reading by the end of primary schoolLimited or no progress
Ensure proficiency in math by the end of primary schoolLimited or no progress
Reduce the out-of-school rate at primary schoolLimited or no progress
Eliminate child marriageAcceleration needed
Equal opportunity for women in managerial positionsLimited or no progress
Universal and equitable access to safe drinking waterAcceleration needed
Universal and equitable access to managed sanitationInsufficient data
Universal access to electricityAcceleration needed
Increase the share of renewable energy at the final consumptionDeteriorating
Double the rate of energy efficiencyOn target
Full and productive employment for allOn target
Sustain per capita economic growthOn target
Reduce the youth not in education, training or employmentLimited or no progress
Substantially raise industry’s share of GDPAcceleration needed
Reduce CO2 emissions per unit of GDPAcceleration needed
Reduce the proportion of urban slum dwellersAcceleration needed
Reduce domestic material consumption per unit of GDPAcceleration needed
Ensure sustainability of forest areasOn target
Protect and prevent the extinction of threatened speciesDeterioration
Significantly reduce all forms of violenceLimited or no progress
Reduce the proportion of unsentenced detaineesLimited or no progress
Increase fixed internet broadband subscriptionsOn target

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the likelihood that South Asia can attain the sustainable development goals is seriously in jeopardy. Whether this is good or bad depends upon your personal worldview and whether you believe that mankind can solve our global problems.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only one capable of bringing complete and lasting order into this world. Our collectively insufficient will and ability to do so are being proven by the lack of progress toward these admirable goals is empirical evidence that we are, on the other hand, incapable of doing so.

Look for Missions Box follow up reports on the global (lack) of progress toward the SDGs over the next several weeks.


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