Global opinion about UN Sustainable Development Goals: A survey on priorities and stakeholder's commitment

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 sustainable development goals (also referred to as “SDGs”) for a better world by 2030. They engage governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Here, you can read the most important results from the latest survey.

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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.

Read the World Economic Forum article.

About the Study
These are the results of a 28-market survey conducted by Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform. Ipsos interviewed a total of 19,585 adults aged 18-74 in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey, and people 16-74 in 24 other markets between April 23 and May 7, 2021.