The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and
climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing
numbers of people facing hunger and forced displacement, as well as
curtailing progress towards universal access to basic water and
At the same time, the Report found that more people are leading
better lives than they were just a decade ago. The proportion of the
world’s workers living with their families on less than 1.90 per person a
day declined significantly over the past two decades, falling from 26.9
per cent in 2000 to 9.2 per cent in 2017.
The under-five mortality rate dropped by almost 50 per cent and in
the least developed countries, the proportion of population with access
to electricity has more than doubled between 2000 and 2016. However, in
2015, 2.3 billion people still lacked even a basic level of sanitation
service and 892 million people continued to practice open defecation. In
2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria compared to 210 million
cases in 2013 and close to 4 billion people were left without social
protection in 2016.
The SDG Report presents an overview of progress toward achieving the
Goals, which were unanimously adopted by countries in 2015.