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UK performs fifth in the world on sustainable development goals

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 22 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5144
  1. Ingrid Torjeson
  1. London

The UK is ranked fifth in the world on its performance against the sustainable development goals for health, the first global analysis has shown.

The analysis, unveiled at a special event at the UN General Assembly in New York on 21 September and published in the Lancet, showed that Iceland was ranked first of 188 countries, followed by Singapore, Sweden, and Andorra.1 The poorest performers were in Africa—Central African Republic followed by Somalia, South Sudan, Niger, and Chad.

The sustainable development goals are 17 universal goals, 169 targets, and 230 indicators set by the United Nations in 2015 to prompt action on …

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