Sustainable Development Goals Progress: How Is South Asia Doing?

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

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.

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

Goal Progress
Eradicate extreme poverty On target
End hunger Acceleration needed
End stunting Acceleration needed
Increase agricultural funding On target
Births attended by skilled health professionals Acceleration needed
End preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age Acceleration needed
End the epidemic of HIV infections Limited or no progress
End the epidemic of malaria On target
Increase vaccine coverage On target
Ensure proficiency in reading by the end of primary school Limited or no progress
Ensure proficiency in math by the end of primary school Limited or no progress
Reduce the out-of-school rate at primary school Limited or no progress
Eliminate child marriage Acceleration needed
Equal opportunity for women in managerial positions Limited or no progress
Universal and equitable access to safe drinking water Acceleration needed
Universal and equitable access to managed sanitation Insufficient data
Universal access to electricity Acceleration needed
Increase the share of renewable energy at the final consumption Deteriorating
Double the rate of energy efficiency On target
Full and productive employment for all On target
Sustain per capita economic growth On target
Reduce the youth not in education, training or employment Limited or no progress
Substantially raise industry’s share of GDP Acceleration needed
Reduce CO2 emissions per unit of GDP Acceleration needed
Reduce the proportion of urban slum dwellers Acceleration needed
Reduce domestic material consumption per unit of GDP Acceleration needed
Ensure sustainability of forest areas On target
Protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species Deterioration
Significantly reduce all forms of violence Limited or no progress
Reduce the proportion of unsentenced detainees Limited or no progress
Increase fixed internet broadband subscriptions On 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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