These WDI Highlights are drawn from World Development Indicators (WDI) 2016 - the World Bank’s compilation of internationally comparable statistics about global development and the quality of people’s lives. WDI is regularly updated and new data are added in response to the needs of the development community; the 2016 edition includes new indicators to help measure the Sustainable Development Goals.
World Development Indicators is the result of a collaborative partnership of international agencies, statistical offices of more than 200 economies, and many more. I want to acknowledge their efforts and thank them for their tireless work, which is at the heart of development and the fight to eradicate poverty and promote shared prosperity.
The Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which guides global action over the next 15 years. Consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, this new agenda builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, but is far wider in scope and ambition. The SDGs focus on five themes: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. Countries have resolved to end poverty and hunger and ensure that all people can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment; to protect the planet from degradation and take urgent action on climate change; to ensure that all people can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that progress takes place in harmony with nature; to foster peaceful, just, and inclusive societies free from fear and violence; and to mobilize the means to implement Agenda 2030, focused on the poorest and most vulnerable, through strong global partnership.
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