KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Rwanda has been ranked among top 10
countries in sub-Saharan Africa that are on progress
towards attaining the UN-backed Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to SDG Index and
Dashboards report released here on Tuesday.
edition of the SDGs and Dashboards report on Africa,
released by the Sustainable Development Goals Center for
Africa (SDGC/A) and the Sustainable Development
Solutions Network (SDSN) provides a report card for
tracking SDG progress and ensuring accountability.
that assesses the capacity of 157 economies across the
globe ranks Rwanda top in East Africa, 7th in
sub-Saharan Africa and 117th at the global
sub-Saharan Africa, Gabon ranks first with 85th
globally, followed by Mauritius, 103rd in the
World and South Africa on third position and 108th
the index, Sweden comes first in the world followed by
Denmark and Finland ranks third.
the launch, Belay Begashaw, director General of SDGC/A,
said sub-Saharan African economies still face challenges
across almost all SDGs, with poverty, hunger and health
as major concerns.
countries are struggling to meet basic social services
and infrastructure access to their populations. There is
hope the SDI will help African economies identify gaps
that must be closed in order to achieve SDGS by 2030,”
The SDGs are
composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out
poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by
2030. They also aim to build on the work of the historic
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight
anti-poverty targets to be reached by the end of 2015.
stresses that many high-income countries perform well in
areas such as economic development but still fall short
of achieving a good all-round SDG performance.
countries closest to fulfilling the SDGs are not the
biggest economies but small developed countries. Poor
and developing countries score lowest on the SDG Index
as they have little resources at their disposal,
according to the index.
SDGC/A is an
autonomous non-profit international organization, the
policies of which are formulated and carried out by a
high level board of directors representing African and
global leaders in government, business, academia and