Reporting under the SDGs

Electricity generation through concave mirrors in Burkina Faso

Each year, the G20 presents an Accountability Report on its development policy agenda. With the adoption by the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, development policy has been shifted in a new direction. It is no longer focused solely on developing particularly poor countries but also on topics like climate, consumption and production patterns, and inequalities in industrialised countries and emerging economies and on global public goods.

Germany has been working for the establishment of a strong mechanism for reviewing the G20's contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. As a result, the Accountability Report under Germany's Presidency was more broad-ranging than before. As well as reporting on progress on development issues, the Report also shows examples of how the G20 is delivering on its pledges on economic, social and ecological sustainability and what progress has been made on the international tax agenda. It also flags up options for further developing accountability within the G20.

The German G20 Presidency thus took up an important message, on which the 2030 Agenda is also based, namely that the challenges facing the world today cannot be successfully tackled by focusing on individual sectors or specific approaches. Tackling global problems will require close cooperation between experts, politicians and other players from different fields and different countries.

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