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SL displays an improvement in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Sri Lanka shows significant progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to the 2021 Global Sustainable Development Report, the Director General (DG) of the Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lanka stated.

Accordingly, Sri Lanka has improved its global rank by 7 positions and is placed at 87th place out of 165 countries in 2021. 

It was also revealed by the DG that Sri Lanka’s Overall Country Score has increased to 68.1, which is well above the regional average. In 2019 and 2020, Sri Lanka ranked at 93rd and 94th place respectively with scores of 65.8 and 66.9 respectively.

The Director General highlighted that according to the Sustainable Development Report 2021, Sri Lanka is making steady progress in the attainment of the following goals – 

  • No Poverty (Goal 1)
  • Quality Education (Goal 4)
  • Climate Action (Goal 13) 

In addition, the reduction in annual mean concentration of particulate matter of less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) (μg/m³) (contributing to Sri Lanka’s performance under Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities), improvement of the ratio of female-to-male mean years of education (contributing to Sri Lanka’s  achievements of gender equality (Goal 5)) and improvement of Property Rights Score from 3.9 in 2019 to 4.2 in 2020 ((Property Rights (worst 1–7 best) under Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) are some of the notable improvements made by Sri Lanka during the reporting period.

The Global Sustainable Development Report is compiled by Jeffrey Sachs, Christian Kroll, Guillaume Lafortune, Grayson Fuller and Finn Woelm and published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Cambridge University Press.