North Africa best performing on SDGs: AU report

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ADDIS ABABA, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Northern African region is best performing towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to a new report launched on Tuesday at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

The report dubbed the Africa SDG Index and Dashboards 2018 was carried out by the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) involving 51 African countries.

Of the five sub-regions, North Africa claims the top spot while the central African region is the lowest performing and East Africa ranks the second from the lowest.

The report is based on data available from international organizations such as UN agencies, African Development Bank and academic papers.

According to the report, of the top five countries in Africa, Morocco is the best performer, which is about 66.1 percent of the way to achieve the SDGs.

Despite best performances on goal 13 of climate issues, the report notes that many countries in Africa are performing the worst on goals related to infrastructure, health, and justices, followed by agriculture, food security, and energy, Lina Henao of SDGC/A said during her presentation of the report.

With the performance on agriculture, food security and energy more than 70 percent of the countries are scoring red, which is relatively better than the performance on goals related to infrastructure, health, and justice, according to Henao.

The SDGC/A Director General, Belay Begashaw, told Xinhua that there is a long way to go for many countries in realizing many of the SDGs.

"Relatively the northern Africa sub-region is performing well. There are so many backgrounds for that, including having a functioning infrastructure, having a better economy, having stable macro. All these are contributing," he said.

Belay attributed East Africa's poor ranking to factors including instability, drought, global decline in commodity price and shortage of foreign currency.

The SDGs are a universal agenda of sustainable development, which call on all nations to pursue a holistic strategy that combines economic development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability on a basis of good governance. Enditem

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