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The major new report, led by Jeffrey D. Sachs and issued by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Germany's Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides a color-coded dashboard to demonstrate how well every country is doing at implementing the Sustainable Development Goals – the hugely important agenda that succeeded the highly effective Millennium Development Goals 18 months ago. Green indicates success across all indicators of a goal; yellow, orange and red point to increasing distances from achieving the goal.Instead, the index shows us that Cambodia – where more than 20 percent of the population lives on less than $1.90 per day – gets a green, outperforming an orange Spain on implementation of SDG 1: "End poverty in all its forms everywhere".A report that gives the world's biggest donor the lowest possible rating for "Partnerships for the Goals" would seem to have some underlying issues.The U.S. gets a less-than-stellar yellow for SDG 3, which covers health and well-being.Analysis showed that focusing on the panel's top 19 targets would achieve about four times more in terms of welfare gains than would trying to distribute funds among all 169 targets.Only by doing so can a scorecard help us maximize development progress.
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