Anne-Sophie Stevance, Johannes Mengel, Denise Young et al.
International Council for Science (ICSU), and International Social Science Council (ISSC), 2015
The SDGs offer a “major improvement” over their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, this report finds that of the 169 targets beneath the 17 draft goals, just 29% are well defined and based on the latest scientific evidence, while 54% need more work and 17% are weak or non-essential. The report finds the targets suffer from a lack of integration, some repetition and rely too much on vague, qualitative language rather than hard, measurable, time-bound, quantitative targets.