Azerbaijan has joined the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2016-2030, which include 17 goals and 169 targets. The SDGs were approved during the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25-27, 2015.
The National Coordinating Council for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established by a presidential decree dated October 6, 2016 in order to coordinate the implementation by state bodies of the obligations arising from the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the past period, Azerbaijan has taken a number of measures to ensure the effective and comprehensive implementation of the SDGs.
Moreover, Azerbaijan became the first country in the region to present its Voluntary National Review twice at the High-Level Political Forum organized by the UN Economic and Social Council in 2017 and 2019.
Thanks to the measures taken, Azerbaijan has ranked 54th in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) index among 166 countries of the world, according to the Sustainability Report for 2020 published by the UN. Azerbaijan’s SDG Index score was 72.6 this year, meaning that the country is on average 73 per cent of the way to the best possible outcome across the 17 SDGs.
Azerbaijan has already appealed to the High-Level Political Forum with the request to submit another (3rd) Voluntary National Review. Azerbaijan has been added to the list of countries to present their reviews.
The review that will cover inclusive and sustainable development, the challenge during the COVID-19 and post-pandemic period, as well as the measures taken towards the implementation of the SDGs, will be presented at the High-Level Political Forum to be held in July 2021.