In order to track these trends, the new report will focus on 18 key indicators, all part of the UN’s sustainable development goals, and create three potential scenarios as to how each indicator may look by 2030. The first will be what could happen if there is no change to funding and support based on past trajectories. The second will look at what could occur if things such as leadership and innovation are improved, while the third will focus on what is likely to happen should attention and funding decline.
One of the mounting problems the Gates Foundation highlights is that of developing countries cutting their aid budgets. “If countries do not think about these global problems, and you get cuts… you can have reversals,” says Gates. “So whether it’s HIV or malaria or maternal health, the generosity is very important.”
The report, which is to become an annual occurrence until 2030, will also pick different indicators, or global goals – such as access to contraception, HIV, stunting, and even financial inclusion – and look at where the innovation and leadership is achieving progress. This can then be applied to other regions where advancements may be slower or nonexistent.
Following on from the launch of the new report, there will be two Goalkeeper events taking place in New York City around the UN General Assembly.