More from UNDESA Vol 22, No. 06 - June 2018

Reporting on the progress of the SDGs

Three years into the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; where do we stand in our efforts to achieve this ambitious agenda for a better future for all people, everywhere? Two annual SDG progress reports will provide a global snapshot of the progress made and the remaining gaps ahead to achieve the SDGs.

The Report of the Secretary-General: Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is intended for policy makers at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 is aimed at a wider audience with charts, infographics and analysis on selected indicators.

Are fewer people living in extreme poverty? Are we progressing in our fight to end hunger and child malnutrition? If not, where should we target our efforts? Which parts of the world are making the most progress in providing access to electricity to their residents, and which regions provide good examples of protecting their biodiversity? How do we stand as a society in extracting and consuming natural resources and what type of resources are we using the fastest? These are some of the questions that this report aims to shed light on.

Both reports are prepared by UN DESA’s Statistics Division in cooperation with the United Nations system and are based on the global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 will be launched on 20 June 2018 — a few weeks before the High-Level Political Forum. The Secretary-General’s report on the SDGs is also available to Member States as they prepare for their deliberations at the HLPF in July. The two reports are accompanied by a comprehensive Statistical Annex and the Global SDG Indicator Database with country and regional data.

The reports will be presented in an interactive platform on the Statistics Division website on SDG indicators at

The future of public service is here

To transform the world and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need to rethink the role of government and the way it interacts with civil society and the private sector. At the 2018 UN Public Service Forum this month, countries will present some of the cutting‑edge innovations they have introduced to ensure their public administrations deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda. 

From building inclusive services and partnerships, to making institutions accountable, to promoting gender‑responsive public services, countries across the world are changing the ways they function to achieve the SDGs. The UN Public Service Forum, hosted by Morocco, with the theme “Transforming Governance to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals,” will be an occasion for countries to benefit from each other’s experiences and share their groundbreaking innovations.

“Governments have a lead role in implementing the SDGs,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin. “It is crucial to ensure that public services improve the lives of all people to leave no one behind.”

The scale and ambition of the 2030 Agenda requires new governance models with new approaches to leadership, geared towards consultations, engagement and responding to people’s needs. “More important than ever, we need innovation to drive implementation of the Goals, including through public-private partnerships and multi-stakeholder partnerships,” added Mr. Liu.

More efforts are needed to improve effectiveness, inclusiveness and accountability. The Forum aims to inspire participants to develop their own solutions and pathways to realizing the SDGs. Partnerships and peer-to-peer learning can help in driving change that supports people and planet.

Honoring public servants 

The UN Public Service Awards ceremony, honoring innovation and excellence in public service, will take place on 23 June – the UN Public Service Day and the last day of the Forum. Winners of the 2018 Awards will be presented at the ceremony.

For more information:

UN Public Service Forum

UN Public Service Awards

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