Sustainable development in the Mediterranean – Still a long way towards the 17 Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda

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The third Report on the 24 Mediterranean countries highlights that no country in the area is on the right path to reach adequate levels of sustainability

22.04.2022 – Online the third edition of the 2021 Report “Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean – Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The Report, result of the joint work of Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Mediterranean (SDSN Med), analyzes the level of progress towards the SDGs in 24 Mediterranean countries, with the objective to favor the implementation of common transformative strategies and actions that could concretely bring to the sustainable development of the region.

The Mediterranean edition is a brief review, complementary to the Sustainable Development Report 2021 realized by the UN SDSN – Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which, starting from over 100 statistical indicators, evaluates the position of each of the 193 UN countries with respect to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). 

The Mediterranean faces many challenges relating to the SDGs and no country in the area is on the right path to reach adequate levels of sustainability. 

The Report exposes the vulnerabilities of the region, which, in general, presents great environmental, social and cultural challenges: transnational partnerships, however complicated, are fundamental to face them. The analysis of the SDGs represents a useful tool to identify common strategies and share best practices and policies, keeping in mind that gradual progress and political change are not enough, and deep transformations are necessary.

“We still have a long way to go” comments Angelo Riccaboni, Chair Sustainable Development Solutions Network Mediterranean (SDSN Med) and President Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena – “A stronger transnational collaboration is needed, together with proactive behaviors from governments, companies, citizens and all interested actors in the Mediterranean, to finally fill the gap between rhetoric and action. Cooperation and partnerships are even more relevant now that we are experiencing this war crisis in Ukraine. The current conflict represents an added critical factor mining the concrete implementation of the SDGs of the UN 2030 Agenda and the next Report will examine its impacts in the Mediterranean region. We hope that our attention on the necessary transformations towards sustainable development will support the necessary collective efforts to put them into practice”.

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