b'HOW IS THE WORLD PROGRESSING AGAINST THE SDGS?In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations (UN) laid out a 15-year pathway to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of Agenda 2030 are the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which define the world we wantapplying to all nations and leaving no one behind.2023 marks the halfway point for Agenda 2030 and provides an important point for assessment and Dan Wilcockreflection on progress. The January 2023, The 12th United Nations Global Dan Wilcock is the Sustainability and GovernanceCompactAccenture CEO Study (CEO Study) gathered Manager for UN Global Compact Networkthe views of 2,600 CEOs from 128 countries and 18 Australia. industries about the opportunities and challenges to contribute to Agenda 2030 and achieving the SDGs. The CEO Study identifies sustainability as the only path to build a truly resilient company, but concluded that the global sustainability agenda is off track and sounded the alarm as the dramatic rise of interlinked global challenges forces leaders to navigate new levels of uncertainty. CEOs called for a new roadmap to achieve the SDGs, overcome uncertainty and bolster resilience. A second report produced by the UN Global Compact and Accenture, SDG Stocktake: Through the eyes of the private sector (SDG Stocktake Report), was released in September 2023 at the SDG Summit in New York. Similarly, the SDG Stocktake Report found that, halfway to 2030, the world is not on track to achieve the Unless we act now,SDGs, with eighty-five percent of SDG indicators off-track. In particular:the 2030 Agenda willThe world is seriously off track to meet the Paris become an epitaphagreement climate targetsBiodiversity targets are at grave riskfor a world that mightWater scarcity affects more than forty percent of the worlds populationhave been.UN Secretary General, Antnio Guterres, warns: Unless we act now, the 2030 Agenda will become an epitaph Antnio Guterres, UN Secretary General for a world that might have been.34'