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The SDG Reckoning
Sustainable Development Goal:
Two-thirds of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals at risk of not being met – M&G's latest SDG Reckoning report finds.
additional people are living in poverty as a result of COVID-19, demonstrating the extent to which the pandemic has reversed hard-fought progress across certain goals.
Number of adults
(% of world adults)
(% of world)
US$10,000 to US$100,000
US$100,000 to US$1m
Source: James Davies, Rodrigo Lluberas and Anthony Shorrocks, Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2021.
people in the world went hungry in 2020, the UN has found.
Good Health and Wellbeing
The global health crisis has exposed gaps in healthcare systems across the world, providing impetus for change.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) found that there will be 13 million fewer women in employment in 2021 compared to 2019.
Clean Water and Sanitation
has been spent on clean water, sanitation and hygiene in developing nations.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Partnerships for the Goals
More than 900 million tonnes
of food is wasted every year,
the UN Environment Programme’s
Food Waste Index estimates.
How much food is wasted every year?
Routine immunisation services faced serious challenges in 2020 due to the pandemic,
according to research published in The Lancet.
What percentage of school children could not be reached by internet-based or broadcast-based learning policies due to COVID-19?
Gender gap closed to date, by region
Latin America and the Caribbean
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
East Asia and the Pacific
Middle East and North Africa
Since 1970, more than
contraction in global energy demand during 2020, but the International Energy Agency has predicted that demand is set to increase by 4.6% in 2021.
The pandemic has had serious repercussions for the working lives of millions of people, exacerbating long-standing trends in the deterioration of job security.
Significant positive developments include US President Joe Biden’s
The number of people who had become refugees or fled their countries due to persecution, conflict, human rights violations and war had grown to 24 million by mid-2020, according to the UN.
We believe companies that are creating safe and sustainable manufacturing products and sustainable infrastructure should be a focus for investors.
We need to design a more circular and less wasteful economic and industrial system.
In August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided the world with a stark ‘reality check’, warning that unless there are immediate and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting global warming to close to 1.5 °C or even 2°C will not be possible.
The WWF’s 2020 Living Planet Report found that if
the world fails to act to protect our natural assets,
the impact on the key services provided by biodiversity will cost US$10 trillion cumulatively by 2050.
people had been forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, violence or conflict at the end of 2020, according to UN data.
The UN calls for inclusive partnerships at global, national, regional and local levels, built upon a shared vision and shared goals. Landmark events such as the COP26 climate talks are a crucial test of how effectively these partnerships are functioning.
How many people do not have access to electricity?
Constant sample, 107 countries
Non-constant sample, 156 countries
Source: World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Index, 2021.
According to the UN, 759 million people do not have access to electricity at all.
How did 2020 global employment losses compare to 2019 figures?
There were global employment losses in 2020 of
114 million jobs relative to 2019, according to the ILO. In relative terms, employment losses were higher for women (5.0%) than for men, and for young workers (8.7%) than for older workers.
As societies grow and develop,
so does the requirement
for new and better
Percentage of black adults who say each of the following has happened to them personally since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Februrary 2020
Taken a cut in pay due to reduced hours or demand for work
Been laid off or lost a job
Been furloughed or temporarily laid off
Experienced at least one of the above
18-49 year olds
50+ year olds
Note: Black adults include those who only report being one race and are not Hispanic.
Source: Survey of US adults conducted 19-24.01.21, Pew Research Center.
Younger black adults have been more likely to experience lost jobs or wages since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Countries reporting on national action plans or policies on sustainable consumption and production, 2017-2019 reporting cycle and 2020 reporting cycle
Source: United Nations.
What percentage of oceans are fully or highly protected from fishing impacts?
Source: Marine Conservation Institute.
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The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2020, which scores 180 countries and territories
by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to businesspeople and experts, shows that more than two-thirds of the countries assessed scored below 50/100, and the average country score is 43/100.
In Eastern and South Eastern Asia, 370 million people live in slums,
while in sub-Saharan Africa the figure is 238 million, according to UN data.
Multilateral Development Banks’ climate finance commitments 2015-2020 (in US$ billion)
Climate finance in emerging and developing economies
Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2020 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance).
Low- and middle- income economies
Climate finance in all economies where the MDBs operate
Low- and middle- income economies
Billions of people rely on the sea to make a living –
80% of world merchandise trade is carried out by sea.
Source: United Nations.
Average proportion of Terrestrial Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) covered by protected areas
Source: United Nations Global SDG Database.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Moldova
The global wealth pyramid 2020
Our SDG scorecard assesses global, year-on-year progress, from a general perspective and through an impact investing lens, towards achieving the United Nations’ 17 SDGs.
Goal fully achieved
No progress towards
Source: World Bank Group.
We have chosen one key representative indicator per goal – assessing any changes to each metric over the year to determine how much progress has been made worldwide. On a scale of 1-10, we have allocated a number to each SDG, indicating whether the world is on track, behind schedule or ahead of schedule in terms of progress.
Our dial shows how scores compare to last year. The larger arrow highlights the 2020 score, while the smaller arrow points to the 2019 score. While we support the UN SDGs, we are not associated with the UN and our funds are not endorsed by them.
The views expressed in this report should not be taken as a recommendation, advice or forecast.
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Source: World Economic Forum.