In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, identifying climate action as a central piece of advancing long-term development objectives. To assist countries to identify priorities for action, in order to achieve the 17 SDGs,  the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) developed the SDG Index and Dashboards. These indicators and dashboards should help countries to pinpoint key implementation challenges and the overall index permits an assessment of progress towards the goals and a comparison with peer countries.

The SDG Index and Dashboards summarize countries’ SDG baselines and compare performances. This 2017 SDG Index and Dashboard Report presents an updated and revised SDG Index and introduces country dashboards with a focus on countries’ global responsibilities and international spillover effects in achieving the SDGs. The report incorporates comments received on the previous version, as well as new data and improvements in methodology.

The 2017 SDG Index is shown in the table below. The SDG Index score signifies a country’s position between the worst (0) and best (100) outcomes.

They conclude that these results underscore that rich countries in particular need to address negative spillover effects in their SDG implementation strategies and reporting.

The report precises that the SDG Index and Dashboards are not official SDG monitoring tools and they are subject to many important limitations and caveats that they summarize at the end of this report, with a description of the methodology used.

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