SDG Pulse 2023

UNCTAD takes the pulse of the Sustainable Development Goals

The SDG Pulse is UNCTAD’s annual publication reporting on developments relating to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The purpose of this report is threefold:

  • To provide an update on the evolution of a selection of official SDG indicators and complementary data and statistics.
  • To provide an update on progress in the development of new concepts and methodologies for SDG indicators for which UNCTAD is a global custodian agency.
  • To showcase how UNCTAD is supporting member States to implement the 2030 Agenda.

This year for the first time, the SDG Pulse monitors progress according to four transformations identified at UNCTAD’s 15th ministerial conference (UNCTAD15), held in Bridgetown in October 2021.

  • Multilateralism and trade
  • Development finance
  • Economic diversification
  • Sustainability and resilience

Through this thematic lens, progress towards a wide range of SDG indicators is discussed, including food security through trade, financial resource mobilization, investment, debt sustainability, illicit financial flows, sustainable industrialization, transport resilience and digitalization.

The report’s “In-Focus” section looks into the costs of achieving the SDGs. Halfway through the 2030 Agenda, information on how much is still needed to reach the SDGs is still scarce. Understanding the costs of achieving SDGs and synergies of spending by sector can support the formulation of effective strategies and policies to accelerate progress towards sustainable development in all countries.

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SDG Pulse 2023 - UNCTAD takes the pulse of the SDGs  (UNCTAD/STAT/2023/3)
6 Dec 2023