WHO AND WHAT GETS LEFT BEHIND? ASSESSING CANADA’S DOMESTIC STATUS ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

"This [Brookings Institution Working Paper 108, October 2017] paper presents a framework for assessing Canada’s status on the SDGs. It aims to adhere as much as practical to the formal U.N. targets, indicators, and database, while also drawing extensively from other sources, especially for sub-national assessments. Our methodology sorts the 169 SDG targets based on which ones are outcome-focused, quantified, and measurable within advanced economies. This produces a mix of 37 directly quantified targets and 41 proxy targets that could be assessable across all advanced economies. Of these, we identify adequate data to assess Canada on 61 targets using 73 indicators....the results [of this study] mainly draw attention to the people and issues that are currently being left behind amid Canada’s pursuit of economic, social, and environmental progress. The country is on-track for 17 indicators; requires acceleration on 12; needs a clear breakthrough on 26; and requires a reversal of negative trends on 18. On many indicators, the absolute distance to the SDG benchmark remains small, but targeted efforts are needed to cover a 'last mile.' "

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John W McArthur and Krista Rasmussen

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