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[Comment] Making the SDGs useful: a Herculean task

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been called “senseless, dreamy, garbled”,1 given that they include 17 goals, 169 targets, and 230 indicators, in contrast to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that focused on eight goals, 18 targets, and 48 indicators. Among the earliest sceptics of the SDGs was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which argued that any new goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound, and easy to communicate.2