Progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) featured prominently during the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, held from 18-22 September at the UN headquarters in New York. After the UN member states adopted the SDGs in 2016, countries used the 17 goals and 247 targets as benchmarks to design and monitor their development priorities. Against the backdrop of the ‘global poly-crisis,’ which goals and targets are off track, and what can be done to realise the core SDG targets by 2030? What is the status of South Africa’s SDG progress report? SABC interviewed Dr Peter Jacobs to answer some of these pressing questions.
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Professor Peter Jacobs is a Strategic Lead in the Equitable Education and Economies (EEE) division of the HSRC. He holds a PhD in Economics from Fordham University (New York) and a C2 researcher rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). His areas of research interest include: the economics of agrarian transitions, with special emphasis on land reform and small-scale farming, socioeconomic dynamics of innovation, agro-food systems/AVCs; political economy of food and nutrition security.