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Volume 577 Issue 7788, 2 January 2020

Keeping track

One hundred and ninety-three countries have committed to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals cover a range of issues including poverty, gender equality and climate change. To date, it has been difficult to assess spatio-temporal progress towards achieving the SDGs. In this week’s issue, Jianguo Liu and his colleagues present systematic methods that can be used to quantify progress towards the goals at multiple organizational levels over time. The researchers demonstrate their methods using China as a test case, finding that the scores for 13 of the 17 goals had improved nationally over the period 2000 to 2015, while revealing regional differences within the country.

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