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In accordance with the “Sustainable Development Report 2020- The Sustainable Development Goals and Covid-19”, comprising of SDG index 2020, there will be severe negative impacts on most of the United Nations (UN)-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) due to COVID-19 pandemic.
India, which has ranked at 117th position with a score of 61.92 is also facing major challenges in 10 of the 17 SDGs including zero hunger, good health, gender inequality among others. The index has been topped by Sweden.



The report contains data on changes over time in 17 SDG indicators, the future of the SDGs amidst Covid-19, as well as calculations for trajectories until 2030.


The 2020 report has reviewed the performance of 193 UN Member States out of which 166 were ranked under SDG index 2020. Following table shows top 3 countries under it:


Rank Country Score (out of 100)
117 India 61.92

1 Sweden 84.72

2 Denmark 84.56

3 Finland 83.77


As per 2020 report COVID-19 had negatively affected several SDGs including:


SDG 1 (no poverty)

SDG 2 (zero hunger)

SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing)

SDG 8 (decent work and
economic growth)
SDG 10 (reduced inequalities)


Meanwhile, the pandemic had brought “immediate relief” in following SDGs:


SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production)

SDG 13 (climate action)

SDG 14 (life below water)

SDG 15 (life on land)


SDG Annual Report:


Since its launch in 2016, this annual report provides the most up-to-date data to track and review the performance of all 193 UN member states on the 17 SDGs.


SDG Report 2020:


It was written by lead author Jeffrey Sachs and a team of independent experts working at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung (foundation in Germany), and published by Cambridge University Press. The report outlines the likely short-term impacts of Covid-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes how the SDGs can frame the recovery.
The report also tracks progress by countries towards the SDGs.

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