Tunisia ranks first in Africa towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN), according to the 2019 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report launched Friday.
Tunisia is leading the ranking with a score of 66.01, i.e the country is 66 % of the way toward achieving the SDGs, the index reports.
The 2019 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report was prepared by a team of independent experts from the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa and the secretariat of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The 2019 Africa SDG Index ranks 52 African countries based on 97 indicators across all 17 SDGs, where Seychelles and Libya are excluded due to insufficient data coverage.
The top 5 countries also include Algeria, Morocco, Mauritius and Cape Verde, according to the index.
Overall, the average score across all countries is 52.3, and 52.7 after weighting by population, it said.
In 2015, a UN summit adopted the agenda that comprises 17 SDGs, including ending extreme poverty, preserving the environment and promoting economic growth.