The book includes a survey assessing the performance of the United Nations and its member states in all key areas, laying down a road map for sustainable development in the future. Deploying the Human Green Development Index (HGDI) as a new metric for an era in which human survival is intimately dependent on the viability of the Earth as a clean and sustainable habitat, the report showcases a large array of data, including HGDI indicators for more than 120 nations.
The report covers 12 new goals with 54 new targets – doubled the number previously adopted. The 12 sustainable development goals (SDGs) are built on the eight Millennium Development Goals defined in 2000. The SDGs, proposed by a high-level UN panel, will supersede MDGs in 2015. They focus on ending poverty, achieving gender equality, providing quality education for all, helping people live healthy lives, securing sustainable energy use, and creating jobs offering sustainable livelihoods. They also work towards equitable growth, stable and peaceful societies, greater efficiency in governance, and closer international cooperation. The report intends to provide rationale to HGD through the elaboration of the goals.