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A Visual Guide: Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 is a visual guide to the trends, challenges and measurement issues related to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Atlas features maps and data visualizations, primarily drawn from World Development Indicators (WDI) - the World Bank’s compilation of internationally comparable statistics about global development and the quality of peop... view more

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The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 presents maps, charts, and stories related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It discusses trends, comparisons, and measurement issues using accessible and shareable data visualizations.

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Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the SDG agenda. Between 1990 and 2013 the number of people living below $1.90 a day fell by over 1 billion.

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Young children and infants are most vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. Globally, over 95 million fewer children were stunted in 2016 than in 1990.

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Low-income countries have younger populations than high-income countries do. As countries become richer, fertility rates fall and life expectancy rises.

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Girls enrolled in school are less likely to become pregnant as teenagers. Between 1990 and 2014 every region saw an increase in the share of girls enrolled in secondary school and a decline in adolescent fertility rates.

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Laws are a first step in helping women and girls achieve gender equality. About half of all countries have laws against gender-based discrimination in hiring.

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Drinking water is essential to life, but only 71 percent of people have water that is considered safely managed.

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Population growth has outpaced energy infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people now live without electricity than in 1990.

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In the early 2000s the service sector overtook agriculture to become the world’s largest employer. Globally, services account for 50 percent of employment, agriculture 30 percent, and industry 20 percent.

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Infrastructure supports communities. Without access to an all-season road, people are cut off from crucial services and markets.

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There is great inequality across countries and regions. North America is 3.5 times richer than the world average, but its relative income per capita has been falling.

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Since about 2008 the majority of the world’s population has lived in urban areas. Only South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa remain more rural than urban. Additionally, ambient air pollution has many adverse consequences, including increased risk of premature death.

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One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food loss in high- and middle income countries is related mainly to consumer behavior. Food loss in low income countries is often caused by logistical limitations in the food supply chain.

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More frequent and intense extreme weather events are predicted, including extreme heat days, which threaten human health and agricultural productivity. Emissions depend on policy choices, social and economic processes, and technology.

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Only about 7 percent of the world’s ocean area is designated as marine protected area, officially reserved for long-term conservation. Industrial fishing takes place in more than half the world’s ocean area, about four times the area of land-based agriculture.

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Just 10 countries account for two-thirds of global forest cover. Of these, only China’s cover has been growing substantially.

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Homicide rates have declined dramatically in some countries but battle-related deaths remain high because of the continuing Syrian conflict. The World Bank currently identifies 36 fragile situations globally.

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Official development assistance totaled $144 billion in 2016, but only six countries met the long-standing commitment to contribute 0.7 percent of GNI. Additionally, technology enables human development. In low-income countries only 12 percent of people use the Internet.

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By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day