The goal covers a wide range of areas, from safety to resilience and sustainability, and also overlaps with other goals. In essence, the goal’s “inclusive” wording emphasizes that no one should be left behind. Thus, eliminating slums is key to achieving the goal.
Many of the areas covered by the SDG are mainly challenging for developing countries, but others are of a more global nature. The developed countries have generally succeeded best within the safety perspective (represented here by air pollution). They also have a greater economic capacity to continue this trend during the next 15 years.
ROW is unlikely to ensure the safe well-being of the urban population over the coming 15 years and so gets red. China faces huge challenges, both with slums and pollution, and thus also gets red, although this is uncertain, and could also be yellow. BRISE is more diverse and gets a yellow rating, with somewhat better figures on both indicators. OECD and the USA are rated green.
Understanding the score
Five regions: USA, OECD (excl. USA), China, BRISE (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and 10 other emerging economies), ROW (rest of the world).
Green light: Goal likely to be reached.
Orange light: Goal not likely to be reached, but more than 50% of the gap between today's status and the goal is likely to be closed.
Red light: Goal not likely to be reached, and less than 50% of the gap between today's status and the goal is likely to be closed.