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Ahram Online: Meeting the targets of the UN sustainable development goals

A recent paper highlights the areas Egypt needs to focus on to keep on track with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
30.07.18 | Interesting article at Ahram Online

Though 2030, the deadline for implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), may seem far off, it is not so far given the tasks in hand.

The SDGs encompass 17 goals and 169 targets covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. What individual countries must do is translate their agenda into feasible and realistic development plans.

In an attempt to provide initial guidance on which SDGs focus on and to identify potential resources available to finance their attainment, a recent policy working paper called “Sustainable Development Goal Diagnostics: The Case of the Arab Republic of Egypt” was recently issued by the World Bank.

In the paper Egypt’s performance is compared to that of countries with gross national incomes (GNI) per capita similar to Egypt’s. GNI per capita reflects the average income of a country’s citizens.

According to the study, Egypt is performing better than expected on nine of the 15 SDGs. One of these SDGs is an end to poverty, according to the study where Egypt is performing well relative to its peers with respect to the percentage of the population living below the international poverty line (in 2011 $1.9 per day in purchasing-power parity dollars (PPP)).