We know we’re missing the mark when the SDGs feel distant, without a tangible sensation of impact on people’s lives and the planet. Part of the problem is how we measure ‘real’ success. Relying solely on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for example, won’t guarantee equal benefits for all in society. On the contrary, it rewires incentives and policies that perpetuate inequality rather than address it.
To make a positive difference, policymakers must adopt real-life indicators that truly reflect the well-being of people and the planet. As we review the SDGs’ progress halfway to 2030, our panelists will address what these crucial success metrics could be and how to shift systems and mindsets to address them.