Why we’re behind on saving the world

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

In September of 2015, the United Nations tried to save the world.

Representatives from all 193 member countries released a plan they called the Sustainable Development Goals, a list of 17 global goals that would “ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity” by the year 2030. Each goal was lofty in ambition: “No Poverty,” “Zero Hunger,” “Reduced Inequalities,” and “Gender Equality.” This was by design. As Ban Ki-moon, the then-secretary-general, put it: “We don’t have plan B because there is no planet B.”

In June, the latest report assessing the implementation of the goals was released. Things aren’t going very well.

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