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The world’s richest countrries seem like they have the power to also do the most good and fight some commonly accepted issues around the world.

A list released today has shown however that most of the world’s richest countries failed to earn top marks on their progress toward reaching the United Nations’ goals to end poverty and inequality according to Reuters.

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Germany and the United Kingdom are the only rich countries who made it to the top ten.

This was after U.N. member states agreed last September to 17 ambitious goals to tackle the world’s most troubling problems such as climate change, poverty and inequality.

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The index measuring nations’ progress is meant to boost interest in the global goals, said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He continued, telling the Thomson Reuters Foundation;

“We put this report out … as a kind of spur, remember these goals? You signed up to them. Here’s where you are.”

The agenda is to be implemented over the next 15 years, with a big push globally to win public support. The United States ranked 25th on the index of 149 countries, scoring poorly on promoting clean energy and fighting inequality and climate change, according to the ranking by the U.N.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German social responsibility foundation.

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At the very bottom of the list was the Central African Republic and Liberia, while Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Switzerland topped the list. Among other economic giants, China ranked 76th, Japan was 18th, France ranked 11th, India was 110th, Brazil was 52nd and Canada was in 13th place, it said.

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Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network says;

“The Sustainable Development Goals are stretch goals, but they are within reach if countries work towards them with clarity and determination. The SDG Index and Dashboard can help each country to chart out a practical path for achieving the Goals,”

The index will be updated annually for the next three years, said a spokesman for the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network.