Colombia has only met 11 of 117 goals of the SDGs

Colombia has only met 11 of 117 goals of the SDGs

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD) revealed a new report in which it reports on the progress made since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals (SDG). In it, he showed that the countries that are in the organization have only achieved or are close to achieving a quarter of the goals.

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Among the generalities, it was shown that almost all the OECD countries have already managed to cover basic economic needs and apply the instruments and public policy frameworks mentioned in the 2030 Agenda.

The report ‘The Short and Winding Road to 2030: Measuring the Distance to the SDG Targets’ states that while OECD countries have eradicated extreme poverty, “nearly all will need to work harder to further reduce measure the conditions of poverty”.

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Colombia is not the exception. According to the OECD, the nation has only achieved 11 of the 117 SDG targets and “according to the most recent trends, it expects that by 2030 it will achieve 12 more targets,” the OECD said in its report. The objectives achieved by Colombia are mostly related to the satisfaction of basic needs.

The OECD highlights the reduction of extreme poverty, which is a goal achieved or on track to achieve it, but regarding poverty in all dimensions, the country has not advanced, or is moving away from the SDG goal.

“5% of the population continues to live on less than US $1.90 a day and 18% still do not have access to safely managed sanitation services. Although in these areas Colombia is still far from the performance of almost all countries OECD, recent trends indicate that it is recovering rapidly,” the organization’s report said.

Regarding goal 2.1, hunger, the organization says that no progress has been made in this category or it has moved away from the objective.


The OECD considers that the country, like most of those in the organization, provides access to basic services to the vast majority of its population and highlights Colombia’s progress in terms of access to basic services and modern sources of energy (target 7.1). However, there is still a long way to go to connect the entire population with more modern water and sanitation facilities (targets 6.1 and 6.2).

“Colombia is one of the OECD economies with the fastest growth. On average, over the past 15 years, GDP per capita has increased by nearly 2% (Target 8.1), while labor productivity has grown by more than 3% per year. Thanks to these good macroeconomic results, poverty has decreased markedly in recent years”.

On malnutrition, goal 2.2, the country has not shown progress or has moved away from the goal of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The organization’s document also indicates that the level of income inequality in the country remains much higher than any other country in the organization.
“The income of the poorest 40% of the population grows faster than the average income (Target 10.1),” he said.

In the case of employment, the OECD highlighted that there has been no progress or the country has moved away from the Sustainable Development Goals, as in the category of skills in employment.

It is important to highlight that on corruption and bribery, Colombia has not shown indices of any kind in this regard. Regarding energy goals, Colombia has shown good data (Objective 7), indicating that all inhabitants have access to modern sources of energy.

“Due to its heavy reliance on hydroelectric power, renewable energies are equivalent to more than 70% of total electricity generation (Target 7.2), energy intensity is low (Target 7.3), and CO2 intensities are lower than the OECD average (target 9.4),” the report stated.

Regarding emissions, greenhouse gases are close to the OECD average due to the high emissions from non-energy sectors, such as agriculture (target 13.2).


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