UN says it won’t be able to achieve sustainable development goal by 2030


  • The UN says “we are not going to achieve sustainable goals by the next decade.
  • Five years on, Hoogeveen believes it has fallen short of the targeted budget ($115 billion) required to achieve the target of eliminating hunger by 2030.
  • India alone requires a $2.64 trillion investment for SDGs.

The United Nation is likely to miss its target of achieving 17 sustainable goals by 2030, a senior UN representative said at the 43rd session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome.

"We are not going to achieve the goals by the next decade. We are all lagging far behind," said Hans Hoogeveen, permanent representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.

In September 2015, the UN set out 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on the principle of “leaving no one behind”. The goals are - no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, climate action etc.

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Five years on, Hoogeveen believes it has fallen short of the targeted budget of $115 billion required to achieve the target of eliminating hunger by 2030.

A $2.64 trillion investment for SDGs in India
Over the years, the Indian government scaled up its efforts by rolling out schemes like Ayushman Bharat (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana), which benefits 500 million people. The largest health protection scheme in the world closely aligns with SDG 3 (health and well-being) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).

“India has raised the levels of prosperity for its people manifold in the recent past. However, challenges remain in many areas including health, nutrition, basic infrastructure, quality of education among others,” NITI Aayog said in SDG Index 2019-20.
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According to a Standard Chartered report, India needs a whopping $2.64 trillion investment to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals. Of the total, $1558.8 billion is required for clean energy, $505.5 billion for transport infrastructure, $377.4 billion for digital access and $192.2 billion for clean water and sanitation. At $701.5 billion, the greatest investment required in achieving universal access to electricity.


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