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Sustainable Development Goals

This year’s Atlas highlights trends towards achieving the SDGs and some of the emerging impact of COVID-19 on the indicators and trends presented.

2020 SDG Atlas. Photo and charts: World Bank
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to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way

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Half the children in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10. These children are considered learning poor. Learning poor refers to children at the end of primary school who read at below the minimum proficiency level and children out of school who are assumed to not read proficiently. About 10 percent of children are out of school, and another 40 percent are not learning while in school. Learning poverty rates exceed 50 percent in four regions. Learn More in the 2020 SDG Atlas.


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We help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.

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