Bangladesh lags behind most SDG goals: SDG Index


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh ranked 120th among 157 countries in progress report on the UN-designated universal development model called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), standing behind most regional peers even.

Such a rating is revealed in the latest SDG Index prepared by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network that did a stocktaking of what nations attained in two years of their new journey with the second package of development goals.

The country is notably in the ‘Red’ category on 10 out of the total 17 SDG goals, the report found, implying that major challenges remain in making progress on most of the goals coming under the UN global agenda 2030.

Two years after the SDG flagship was officially launched by the United Nations, Bangladesh has attained a score of 56.2 in terms of achieving the 17 goals — significantly lower than the regional average of 63.3.

Bangladesh’s SDG score is also lower than most of its regional peers, including India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Only Pakistan and Afghanistan have fallen below Bangladesh standing on SDG Index.

Last year, the country ranked 118th out of 149 countries in the same index with a score of 44.4. This implies that although Bangladesh’s SDG score has improved over the time, it has not kept the same pace as other countries during the time.