4 years later, is it any easier to track the SDGs?

The SDG icons. Photo by: Bali Red / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

UNITED NATIONS — Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world — too fast, in fact, to be accurately captured in the latest official update on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“It is a really specific thing, but is affecting the way people live, the economic opportunities they have and the demands on governments to provide infrastructure,” said Claire Melamed, executive director at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. “For about two-thirds of the population of Africa, we are relying on data which is four, five, six years out of date and that is really not acceptable and not necessary anymore.”

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    Amy Lieberman

    Amy Lieberman is the New York Correspondent for Devex. She covers the United Nations and reports on global development and politics. Amy previously worked as a freelance reporter, covering the environment, human rights, immigration, and health across the U.S. and in more than 10 countries, including Colombia, Mexico, Nepal, and Cambodia. Her coverage has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. A native New Yorker, Amy received her master’s degree in politics and government from Columbia’s School of Journalism.