The UN’s Rundown Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Problems

The first Sustainable Development Goals report shares figures on issues like child marriage and gender equality, which have not been measured on a global level before.

Originally published on July 23, 2016.

What are the biggest social and economic problems the world faces today? And how close are we to ending them?

Those are the questions that the U.N. Economic and Social Council aims to answer in its first report on the Sustainable Development Goals, released this past week.

The SDGs, as they’re known, are 17 global goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. The U.N.’s member states approved them last September.

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