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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.