India Ranked 117th in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2020

The Sustainable Development Report 2020 has been released. It comprises the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states. The report has been prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. As per the report, Sweden topped the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2020, followed by Denmark and Finland. India has been ranked 117th in the index with overall score of 61.92. The score can be depicted as the percentage of SDG achievement.

About UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network:

SDSN mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector to support practical problem solving for sustainable development at local, national, and global scales.

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About Bertelsmann Stiftung:

It is one of the largest foundations in Germany. It promotes social inclusion and work towards advancing this goal through programs that improve education, shape democracy, advance society, promote health, vitalize culture and strengthen economies.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2020:

The SDG Index evaluates the performance of the countries on the 17 SDGs which were agreed by the international community in 2015 with equal weight to all 17 goals. The score achieved by each country indicates its position between the worst (0) and the best or target (100) outcomes. Similarly in previous editions, three Nordic countries topped the 2020 SDG Index: Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. India has been ranked 117th in the index with overall score of 61.92.

According to the report, every country has a “red” score on at least one SDG in the dashboards. Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Cambodia are the three countries that have progressed the most in terms of the SDG Index score while the three countries that have declined the most are Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and the Republic of the Congo.

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Here is the list of 17 SDG Goals:

SDG 1 No poverty
SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 3 Good health and well-being
SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation
SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13 Climate action
SDG 14 Life below water
SDG 15 Life on land
SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals

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Top countries in the 2020 SDG Index Rankings:

Ranking Country Score
1 Sweden 84.72
2 Denmark 84.56
3 Finland 83.77
4 France 81.13
5 Germany 80.77
6 Norway 80.76
7 Austria 80.70
8 Czech Republic 80.58
9 Netherlands 80.37
10 Estonia 80.07
48 China 73.89
117 India 61.92
134 Pakistan 56.17

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