Progress for every child in the SDG era

The situation in 2019

Mother and child bonding, Kaabong Hospital in Uganda.


This report is part of a series of UNICEF reports tracking progress on the child-related indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This 2019 edition revisits the conclusions of Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era, a report released in March 2018, and it reveals the latest assessment on the world’s performance in meeting the 2030 Agenda for Children.

  • Almost a billion (945 million) children live in countries where the SDGs remain out of reach, and countries are most likely to be off track to meeting progress envisioned by the SDGs.
  • Many children remain effectively uncounted given the limited coverage of SDG data, but this situation is improving. Between 2018 and 2019, the likelihood of a country having no or insufficient data to assess its trajectory towards a child SDG target has fallen from 62 to 56 per cent.
  • On average, 75 per cent of child-related SDG indicators in every country either have insufficient data or show insufficient progress to meet global SDG targets by 2030. The report calls for a step change now, both in assessing the situation of children everywhere and using data to target our efforts to reach those at greatest risk of being left behind.


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