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25 September 2015

New study shows industrialised countries are far from achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Bertelsmann Stiftung has published a study on 'Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?. The study assessed the extent to which OECD countries are prepared to meet the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 different SDGs apply not only to emerging but also to developing countries and the industrialised nations. The main findings of the study show that many industrialised countries are nowhere near achieving these goals. The main challenges for the entire set of OECD countries in terms of the SDGs are: fostering an inclusive economic model, as well as sustainable consumption and production patterns. The study points out rich countries are no exception to the trend of a growing gap between rich and poor. In many cases the economic systems in those countries also exacerbate the trend toward social inequality, which is constantly rising.

According to the study, the countries best positioned to achieve the new UN goals are Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland. The nations with the lowest ranking are the USA, Greece, Chile, Hungary, Turkey and Mexico.

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