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In September 2015, all countries decided to reach 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. Five years into the agenda, there's little to celebrate and lots to do. Real political commitment to transformation is still lacking, while many push for change around the globe, says economist Jens Martens
Apart from the virtual celebrations this week, how are countries getting on with this huge transformative agenda, how much has already been implemented? And how is the Coronavirus pandemic impacting progress? I talked about this to economist Jens Martens, who heads a group that monitors the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf of civil society. He's also the director of the New York and Bonn based think tank, Global Policy Watch. And my first question to Jens Martens was, as the UN celebrates 5 years of the Sustainable Development Goals, how much is there really to celebrate?