The survey we conducted in partnership with the World Economic Forum finds a remarkable consensus among citizens from all regions of the world when it comes to top priorities. However, these are the top 3 ranked goals from the global public:
- Zero hunger - the goal with the highest priority according to the public. The SDG ranks #1 in 20 of 28 countries and is in the top 3 of 6 other countries
- No poverty - the #2 priority, globally. The SDG ranks #1 in 4 countries and is in the top 3 of 20 other countries
- Good health and well-being - the #3 priority, globally. The SDG ranks #1 in 4 countries and is in the top 3 of 13 other countries
Furthermore, all three of the next priority goals based on the global ranking show in the top 3 of 9 countries:
- Clean water and sanitation (goal 6)
- Decent work and economic growth (goal 8)
- Quality education (goal 4)
All top 3 goals of most countries count among the global top 6. Only 5 other SDGs show in the top 3 of any country:
- climate action - #3 in Great Britain
- life below water - #3 in Germany
- peace, justice and strong institutions - #3 in South Korea
- reduce inequality - #3 in Belgium
- gender equality - #3 in India.
The global priority ranking based on the average ranking of all 16 goals in the 28 countries surveyed is as follows:
On average across all the countries surveyed, half of those asked say their government is taking less than their share of responsibility for achieving these goals (53%) while about four in ten say so of businesses in their country (42%) and of “most people” in their country (40%). However, for each of their country’s governments, businesses and people, an average of 22% say they are taking more than their share of responsibility.