A Historic Pathway: The Sustainable Development Goals
Achieving Economic Opportunity, Social Justice, and Environmental Care for All
In 2015, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), laying out a global roadmap to enhance the lives and well-being of people worldwide. These goals encapsulate a vision of expanding economic opportunity, advancing social justice, safeguarding our planet, promoting good governance, and ensuring no one is left behind.
Renewed Commitment at the SDG Summit
Leaders Gather to Tackle Global Challenges and Harness Opportunities
This week, leaders from across the globe reconvened in New York at the SDG Summit to reaffirm their dedication to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Amidst the challenges and opportunities faced by the world today, they united with years of evidence demonstrating that collective action under a shared development vision—such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Millennium Development Goals before them—has the power to bring substantial benefits to both people and the planet.
Progress and Setbacks: The Halfway Point
Addressing Development Gains and Recent Challenges
For two decades, countries around the world made remarkable progress, improving millions of lives, enhancing health outcomes, reducing poverty rates, and combating hunger. However, recent years have witnessed the compounding impact of multiple crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, conflict, and migration, further complicated by the repercussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine. These crises have begun to erode previous development achievements, even leading to the first global decline in life expectancy since the 1950s.
A Call for Urgent Action
Global Collaboration to Achieve Ambitious Goals
At the midway point to 2030, the world faces a critical juncture. Currently, only 15 percent of the SDG targets are on track for achievement on a global scale. Nevertheless, by acting with a sense of urgency, intensifying efforts, and increasing investments across all SDGs while expanding partnerships, these ambitious goals remain attainable.
United States Unwavering Commitment
Leading Global Development with $100 Billion Investment
The United States, a steadfast leader in global development, is wholeheartedly committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, both domestically and internationally. As the largest bilateral donor, the United States has invested over $100 billion in Official Development Assistance in just the past two years.
These investments cover various SDGs, including ending poverty (SDG 1), driving inclusive economic growth (SDG 8), and promoting peace, justice, and good governance (SDG 16). Additionally, the United States has taken the lead in providing humanitarian aid in a time of extraordinary need, with more than $42 billion invested since the Biden Administration began.
Mobilizing Global Collaboration
Harnessing Partnerships for Development Financing and Policy Frameworks
Recognizing that the magnitude of change required goes beyond any single government’s capacity, the United States calls on all nations, the private sector, civil society, and local partners to leverage their capabilities further. Since adopting the SDGs, the United States has leveraged its investments to attract billions of dollars in additional private investment.
Together, these efforts can mobilize substantial financing from various sources, including official development assistance, domestic resources, and private investment. Ultimately, achieving the SDGs also hinges on knowledge and data utilization and the establishment of robust policy and regulatory environments.
Addressing Key Development Priorities
United States’ Response to Partner Countries’ Needs
Recognizing the interconnected nature of all SDGs, the United States is actively addressing the most crucial issues raised by partner countries. This includes:
Inclusive Economic Growth and Infrastructure Investment
The United States is leading initiatives to build a sustainable and inclusive global economy. This effort involves mobilizing private finance, reforming multilateral development banks, addressing unsustainable debt levels, and directing investments toward quality infrastructure.
Global Health and Health Security
As a longstanding global health leader, the United States has committed substantial investments to secure life-saving outcomes. Initiatives like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have received over $100 billion in investments over two decades, making it the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history.
Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems and Food Security
Amid a persistent food crisis, the United States is working tirelessly to advance global food security. Investments totaling $15.2 billion have been allocated to respond to this crisis, with a focus on building resilient and sustainable food systems in 20 target countries.
Clean and Climate Resilient Economies
The transition to a net-zero emissions economy holds promise for economic growth, job creation, and ecosystem preservation. The United States is actively partnering with countries worldwide to tackle climate change through initiatives like the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE).
Investing over $1 billion across nearly 100 partner countries, the United States aims to improve learning outcomes and provide quality education, from pre-primary to higher education.
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
The United States has doubled its investment to promote gender equality, advancing initiatives like the Gender Equity and Equality Action (GEEA) Fund to enhance economic security for women and girls.
Democracy and Human Rights, Addressing Fragility and Conflict Drivers
Through initiatives like the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal (P.I.D.R.), the United States is working to bolster democracy, defend human rights, and promote stability globally.
Digitalization and New Technologies
The United States is collaborating with countries worldwide to accelerate economic growth and provide solutions to societal challenges through secure digital technology. Initiatives like Digital Invest aim to connect populations to vital services and promote financial technologies.
In conclusion, the United States’ commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, along with the cooperation of nations, organizations, and the private sector, holds the potential to create a better and more sustainable future for all.