Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for Global Citizen, Megan Rowling reports that according to former Chief of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark, the world is not doing enough to achieve the Global Goals. Clark believes that although there has been a lot of coverage and conversation about achieving these goals, there has not been enough action taken to really make a difference. 

· What are the Sustainable Development Goals? What is being done to achieve them? What can be done to catalyze these efforts? 

· Here are seven reasons why we need to step up action to achieve the SDGs

The world has made far too little progress on the Global Goals governments agreed in 2015 to end poverty and hunger and tackle climate change, with a rising tide of nationalism acting as a wrecking ball, architects of the goals said on Thursday.

Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister who headed the United Nations Development Programme from 2009-2017, said the foot-dragging on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — due to be met by 2030 — "has gone under the radar."

"There has been ... a lot of lip service but not enough action," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a debate on how to meet the 17 Global Goals, hosted by the Spanish government.

For example, the number of hungry people in the world has gone up three years in a row after falling, which Clark said was "undoubtedly related to climate change and displacement."

And on current estimates, 6% of the global population — or close to half a billion people — would still be living in extreme poverty by 2030, she said.

Changes in the world's political landscape have also made the 2030 goals more elusive.

Read the full article about the Global Goals by Megan Rowling at Global Citizen.