Sustainable Development Report 2020


The Sustainable Development Report 2020, which includes the SDG Index and Dashboards, compares countries according to their:

  • Performance on the SDGs
  • SDG implementation activities
  • Covid-19 control success

The report also provides an overview of the impacts of Covid-19 on the SDGs, and identifies priorities for a sustainable development-based recovery from the crisis.

The report was prepared by SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Global highlights

  • Scandinavian and European countries again dominate the top positions in the SDG Index.
  • Covid‑19 will have severe negative impacts on most SDGs.
  • All countries need to strengthen the resilience of their health systems and
    prevention programs.
  • The SDGs and the Six SDG Transformations can inform the recovery from Covid‑19.
  • Asian countries have made the most progress towards the SDGs since the adoption
    of the goals in 2015. Asian countries have also responded most effectively to
    the Covid‑19 outbreak.
  • Solidarity and partnerships are critical to address and prevent health, economic,
    and humanitarian crises.
  • Data gaps and time lags in official statistics require urgent investments in statistical
    capacity and increased coordination between governments and the private sector.

Australia’s performance