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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 provides an overview of progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is prepared by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations system and based on current available data and information. This third edition of the annual report contains an in-depth review of the six Goals related to the 2018 theme of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies as well as an overview with key findings for all 17 Goals of the SDGs.

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Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Implementation of Goal 15 is showing some encouraging signs. Forest loss has slowed. A growing number of forest areas are being sustainably managed, integrating policies and practices that protect forest ecosystems and address drivers of degradation. All regions continue to make progress on conferring official protection status to areas critical to global biodiversity. However, land degradation is increasing due to competing pressures for food, energy and shelter. Biodiversity loss is occurring at an alarming rate. In addition, invasive species, the illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife, and falling trends in ODA in support of biodiversity continue to thwart efforts to protect and restore vital ecosystems and species. Accelerated action is urgently needed to preserve and promote the sustainable use of ecosystems on which all life depends.

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