Many countries will fail to end hunger, educate all children or offer better lives to stem migration by 2030 a report by aid group, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and UK think-tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said.
82 percent of fragile and conflict-affected nations were off track for the goals agreed on Sept 25, 2015, to a lofty 15-year agenda of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets aimed at helping everyone live healthier, more prosperous lives on a cleaner planet.
IRC Chief Executive David Miliband warned that not enough was being done to meet these targets, calling for action as more than 150 world leaders gathered in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.
"Governments are in retreat from the global goal ambitions so NGOs and the corporate sector need to step up," Miliband, former British foreign secretary, said. "It is not an excuse that these crises are complicated."
Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretary-General Gomes said the fight against hunger, migration, climate change and youth unemployment had to be ramped up.
The IRC and ODI report said 152 million people across 26 crises now need humanitarian aid to survive, with a rising trend of people being forced from their homes and a doubling in the number of violent conflicts since 2000.
The report found 82 percent of the 58 nations ranked as fragile and conflict-affected were not on track to meet targets related to basic needs or lacked the data to assess progress.
"Three years into the SDGs it is shocking that just four of the 58 fragile and conflict-affected countries are on track to end hunger," Elizabeth Stuart, head of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI, said.