A year ago in New York, 193 countries agreed on 17 specific Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to bring a better sense of ecological balance to the world by 2030. Fast Company Co. Exist writer Ben Schiller reports on a new index from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation, in Germany, which provides a look at how well each country has been doing so far in working towards the goals.
Of the 149 countries ranked, Sweeden was in first place while the Central African Republic was in last (data for the other 50 or so countries wasn't available). Schiller writes:
The countries are ranked according to their "technically feasible target" and the principle of "leaving no one behind." So, for poverty (SDG 1), that means no one in a country living on less than $1.25 a day (in today's money). Sweden gets an overall index score of 84.5 because the index says it's 84.5% toward its best possible outcome across all the categories. Denmark and Norway are the next best performing countries (the top 12 are all European), with Canada in 13th (76.%).
The U.S. is ranked 25th with a score of 72.71%, which places us between Hungary and the Slovak Republic. We have nobody living in extreme poverty, but we only get 88% for hunger (SDG 2), 80% for health and well-being (SDG 3), 74% for gender equality (SDG 5), and 59% for "reducing inequality" (SDG 10). The Russian Federation is in 47th place, while China is in 76th.