India to Rank117th in SDG Index 2020, Sweden Tops: Sustainable Development Report 20202 min read

BY: TANISHA PANDEY

According to the Sustainable Development Report 2020- The Sustainable Development Goals and Covid-19, comprising of SDG index 2020, there will be various negative impacts on most of the United Nations that’s why (UN)-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) due to COVID-19 pandemic. India that has ranked at 117th position with a score of 61.92 is also facing various obstacles in 10 of the 17 SDGs including zero hunger, good health, gender inequality among others. The index has been topped by Sweden.

· According to this report it contains data that changes over time in 17 SDG indicators, the future of the SDGs amidst Covid-19, as well as calculations for trajectories until 2030.

· This 2020 year report has analyzed the performance of 193 UN Member States out of which 166 were ranked under SDG index 2020. The following table shows the top 3 countries under it:

Following the 2020 report COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected several SDGs including:

· SDG 1 (no poverty)

· SDG 2 (zero hunger)

· SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing)

· SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth)

· SDG 10 (reduced inequalities)

On the other hand, this pandemic had brought “immediate relief” in following SDGs:

· SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production)

· SDG 13 (climate action)

· SDG 14 (life below water)

· SDG 15 (life on land)

  • SDG Annual Report: Since its launch in 2016, this annual report provides the most up-to-date data to track and review the performance of all 193 UN member states on the 17 SDGs

SDG Report 2020:

It was written by leading author Jeffrey Sachs and a team of independent experts working at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung (foundation in Germany), and it was published by Cambridge University Press. According to this report, it is likely to have short-term impacts of Covid-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes how the SDGs can frame the recovery. This report also keeps track of progress by countries towards the SDGs.

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