Sustainable Development Goals for United Kingdom

Child well-being

UNICEF’S commitment to data for children is guided by the fact that the SDGs impact every aspect of a child’s well-being. Our work is structured around 5 overarching areas of well-being for every child which are grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This human rights-based approach pursues a vision of realizing the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged and responds to the call to “leave no child behind”, so that the rights of every child, everywhere, will be fulfilled.

Share of countries assessed on progress towards global SDG targets, averaged across indicators grouped into five dimensions of children’s rights

Survive+thrive Survive+thrive

Learning Learning

Protection Protection

Environment Environment

Fair chance Fair chance

  • No data
  • Insufficient trend data
  • Acceleration needed
  • On track
  • Target met

Child-related SDG indicators

The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Global Goals addressing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attached to the Goals are 169 concrete targets measured by 232 specific indicators.

Provided below is a stocktaking of the country’s performance against the 44 child-related SDG indicators, grouping the results into five areas of child wellbeing to provide an overall assessment of child welfare. The countries are assessed using the global targets. They offer a powerful tool for quantifying the scale of the challenge posed by the SDG targets and identifying areas where the most effort is required to reach targets or improve monitoring.

Value
Latest year with data
Progress towards global target
  • No data
  • Insufficient trend data
  • Acceleration needed
  • On track
  • Target met

Note: This dashboard uses internationally comparable data from the global databases held on behalf of the international community by UNICEF and other United Nations agencies. While UNICEF is committed to the localization of SDG targets, global rather than national targets are used to gauge progress on the SDG indicators.  To read more about how the trajectories towards the global targets are assessed please read the methodology note.

Population overview

Understanding of a country’s population levels, trends and projections constitutes an essential ingredient in strategic planning, policy development and program implementation for addressing global challenges and emerging issues.

Total population: 67,886,000 (2021 projections)

Age (yrs)
Male
Female
0-4
5-9
10-14
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70-74
75-79
80-84
85-89
90-94
95-99
100+
396,180
377,676
421,926
402,336
412,059
393,908
380,270
364,892
408,043
394,000
450,718
436,777
473,287
468,154
461,959
467,218
434,345
437,301
422,785
429,582
450,718
464,688
451,269
467,155
394,483
408,636
330,874
348,042
324,072
351,779
238,062
271,641
156,243
195,693
90,264
129,005
37,184
66,731
7,867
20,288
647
2,660
2
1.5
1
0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
Share of total population (%)

Source: United Nations Population Division, World Population Prospects 2019

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