Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals
2020 From World Development Indicators

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 presents interactive storytelling and data visualizations about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It highlights trends for selected targets within each goal and introduces concepts about how some SDGs are measured. Where data is available, it also highlights the emerging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.

The Atlas draws from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators database, as well as from a wide variety of relevant data sources from scientists and other researchers worldwide.

We hope readers will find this third edition in the Atlas series engaging and informative, and will be inspired to discover, understand and visualize progress towards achieving the SDGs.

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SDG 1: No poverty
The near future of global poverty
Goal 1—End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG 2: Zero hunger
Beyond hunger: ensuring food security for all
Goal 2—End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
SDG 3: Good health and well being
Global health amid a pandemic
Goal 3—Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG 4: Quality education
Learning poverty: children's education in crisis
Goal 4—Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5: Gender equality
Legal progress towards gender equality
Goal 5—Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
Water, sanitation, and hygiene: essential for well-being
Goal 6—Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
The dawning promise of energy for all
Goal 7—Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Increasing productivity and reducing vulnerable employment
Goal 8—Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Transport at the crossroads: remote rural areas and empty skies
Goal 9—Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
Unequal countries in an unequal world
Goal 10—Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Polluted air plagues cities worldwide
Goal 11—Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
Reducing waste for a sustainable future
Goal 12—Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13: Climate action
Floods, droughts and heat waves herald a changing climate
Goal 13—Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 14: Life below water
Marine species under threat
Goal 14—Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG 15: Life on land
Preserving biodiversity by protecting forests
Goal 15—Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems…
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
The importance of resilient and responsive institutions
Goal 16—Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development…
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Remittances: a lifeline for many economies
Goal 17—Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 was produced by the Development Economics Data Group (DECDG) of the World Bank, in collaboration with various units across the World Bank. The Partnership Fund for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG Fund) provided generous financial support.

The publication was prepared by a team led by Ana Florina Pirlea, Divyanshi Wadhwa, and Andrew Whitby, with editorial guidance from Matthew Welch under the management of Umar Serajuddin and the overall direction of Haishan Fu. Data visualizations were produced by Maarten Lambrechts, Yaryna Serkez, Jan Willem Tulp, and Elbert Wang.

Contributions for the SDG Atlas 2020 were received from:

Gabriela Raquel Alvarez
Luis Andrés
Oluwakayode Anidi
Nisha Nicole Arekapudi
Mehmood Asghar
Joao Pedro De Azevedo
Kathleen Beegle
Juliette Besnard
Gurneet Braich
Randall Brummett
Ana Bucher
Kevin Carey
Juliana Bedoya Carmona
R.Andrés Castañeda
Adam Diehl
Aleksander Eilertsen
Patrick Eozenou
Haishan Fu
Tony Fujs
Luis Diego Herrera Garci
Diana Goldemberg
Caren Grown
Daniel Halim
Craig Hammer
Timothy Herzog
Atsushi Iimi
Dean Jolliffe
Haruna Kashiwase
Eung Kim
Silvia Lubenova Kirova
Christoph Lakner
Maarten Lambrechts
Yunziyi Lang
Edward Llyod-Evans
Hiroko Maeda
Daniel Mahler
Paul Pulickal Mathew
Dino Merotto
Zac Mills
Urvashi Narain
Mariana Lucia De Lama Odria
Ana Florina Pirlea
Sonia Plaza
Elisa Portale
Juan Diego Martinez Quijano
Dilip Ratha
Vincent Ricciardi
Umar Serajuddin
Yaryna Serkez
Balsher Sidhu
Brian Stacy
Rubena Sukaj
Shuting Sun
Emi Suzuki
Jomo Tariku
Siv Tokle
Tea Trumbic
Jan Willem Tulp
Divyanshi Wadhwa
Elbert Wang
Michael Weber
Matthew Welch
Andrew Whitby
Urska Zrinski

Chisako Fukuda, David Mariano, Mikael Ello Reventar, Jomo Tariku, and Nina Vucenik managed the communications and outreach strategy and produced promotional material. Title illustrations were designed by Stuart Holmes. A team at Communications Development Incorporated—led by Bruce Ross-Larson and including Joe Caponio, and Christopher Trott— edited the Atlas. Tigist Shibru provided administrative support.

Suggested citation:

Pirlea, A. F., U. Serajuddin, D. Wadhwa, M. Welch and A. Whitby, eds. 2020. Atlas of the Sustainable Development Goals 2020: From World Development Indicators. Washington, DC: World Bank. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO