Saudi Arabia ranks highly for sustainable UN goals awareness

KSA ranks in the top four countries in the world in terms of awareness of UN sustainable development goals. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 September 2019

Saudi Arabia ranks highly for sustainable UN goals awareness

  • Globally, the most pressing issue was seen as hunger, clean water and sanitation

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia ranks in the top four countries in the world in terms of awareness of UN sustainable development goals (SGDs), according to a new survey published by the World Economic Forum.

More than half (51 percent) the people surveyed in the Kingdom in a global poll said they were familiar with the goals, which aim to tackle issues like climate change, poverty and gender equality.

Indian respondents ranked first, followed by Turkey and China. In the US, only 20 percent said they were familiar with the goals, while the proportion fell to 13 percent in the UK, and only 1 percent in Canada, Italy and France.

Japan achieved 8 percent, and more than half of respondents said they had never heard of the goals.

In Saudi Arabia, the most important global goal was “to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”, with 81 percent of respondents putting that as their primary concern. The least important priority in the Kingdom was to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” but was still supported by 70 percent of the poll sample. 

Globally, the most pressing issue was seen as hunger, clean water and sanitation, followed by good health and well being. The lowest ranked SDGs were gender equality, reducing inequality, and industry, innovation and infrastructure. 

The survey, conducted by Ipsos, was unveiled as delegates gathered at the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, to coincide with the UN General Assembly.


Trump calls for World Bank to stop lending to China

Updated 07 December 2019

Trump calls for World Bank to stop lending to China

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday called for the World Bank to stop giving loans to China, one day after the institution adopted a lending plan to Beijing over Washington’s objections.
The World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025. The plan calls for lending to “gradually decline” from the previous five-year average of $1.8 billion.
“Why is the World Bank loaning money to China? Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don’t, they create it. STOP!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.
Spokespeople for the White House and the World Bank did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The World Bank loaned China $1.3 billion in the fiscal 2019 year, which ended on June 30, a decrease from around $2.4 billion in fiscal 2017.
But the fall in the World Bank’s loans to China is not swift enough for the Trump administration, which has argued that Beijing is too wealthy for international aid.