Data and Statistics

Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Publication Year:
October 20, 2020
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

In 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a safer, cleaner and more prosperous world by 2030. Yet, even before COVID-19 struck, those goals were out of reach for the most vulnerable children. The pandemic has widened existing inequalities, threatening to roll back decades of progress made and further diminishing the chances that the goals will be realized.

On the occasion of World Statistics Day, we are pleased to share with you our interactive data dashboard on progress toward achieving the SDGs for children. Based on 2019 data, the dashboard offers an in-depth country by country view of whether targets are met, on track, off track or lacking data availability. 

Children jumping rope

The data show that even before the impacts of COVID-19, progress has been uneven and insufficient and many children remain effectively uncounted.  A staggering 442 million children live in countries where the SDGs remain out of reach. Additionally, an average of 74 per cent of child-related SDG indicators either have insufficient data or show insufficient progress to meet the global SDG targets by 2030.


In this time of uncertainty, as we grapple with an unprecedented reality, data and statistics provide the trusted evidence needed to reach the most vulnerable. We hope that the country-level data in this dashboard will provide a powerful visual tool for tracking progress and renewing our commitments to delivering on the SDG agenda for children.

UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women


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