Bangladesh has moved seven notches up in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index 2020 as it has ranked 109 among the 166 countries.
Last year, Bangladesh ranked 116th out of 162 countries. Overall, the country improved its ranking and score in the 2020 edition of the report.
The position is ahead of India (117th) and Pakistan (134th) in South Asia, as per the report released recently.
The Sustainable Development Report 2020 presents the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states and frames the implementation of the SDGs in terms of six broad transformations. It was prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
The SDG dashboard highlighted that out of 17 sustainable development goals, Bangladesh faces major challenges in reaching seven goals, which are SDG: 2, 3, 6, 9, 11, 16, and 17.
Also, there are six significant challenges facing the country with the goal of sustainable development.
However, the SDG dashboard indicates Bangladesh has achieved SDG 12 and 13.
SDSN director and the first author of the report, Jeffrey D. Sachs said, “The Sustainable Development Goals are needed more than ever. Their bedrock principles of social inclusion, universal access to public services, and global cooperation are the guideposts for fighting COVID-19 as well as for the investment-led recovery the world should adopt to overcome the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.”