Now this seems a bit strange. Economic growth seems to have really helped in the fight against poverty,
but it doesn't seem to be having much impact on trying to get to the Global Goals.
So what's going on? Well, I think there are two things.
The first is that in a way, we're the victims of our own success.
We've used up the easy wins from economic growth, and now we're moving on to harder problems.
And also, we know that economic growth comes with costs as well as benefits.
There are costs to the environment, costs from new health problems like obesity.
So that's the bad news. We're not going to get to the Global Goals just by getting richer.
So are the pessimists right? Well, maybe not.
Because the Social Progress Index also has some very good news.
Let me take you back to that regression line.
So this is the average relationship between GDP and social progress, and this is what our last forecast was based on.
But as you saw already, there is actually lots of noise around this trend line.