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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect the world’s broad aspirations for a better future.

But these global goals may not match national priorities because the most pressing issues may be unique to individual countries, which may lack the resources to address them. A report by UK think-tank the Overseas Development Institute looks at how national targets compare with global goals, across 13 indicators likely to be included in the final version of the SDGs, due out in September.

In this audio interview, we speak to Andrew Scott, one of the authors of the report, who flags up the need for better analysis of what countries can realistically achieve, and how national targets should inform global planning before and after the goals are finalised.


Andrew Scott and others Mind the gap? A comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda (Overseas Development Institute, 10 June 2015) 

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