OSDG case study on US government policy: which policy areas were prioritized the most by Joe Biden’s presidency in its first month?

February 23, 2020

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We analysed the 31 Executive Orders issued by President Joe Biden between January 20, 2021 and February 14, 2021. By running the contents through the OSDG tool, we established the main United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to which they have contributed.

The most frequently addressed policy priorities in the Executive Orders are the strengthening of institutions and justice systems (related to Goal 16), good health and wellbeing (related to Goal 3), as well as support for sustainable communities (related to Goal 11).

The full list of policy priorities are provided in this treemap.

SDGs treemap

Find the full list of policy priorities provided below.

1Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal GovernmentSDG Goal 4SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 1SDG Goal 8
2Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial CensusSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11
3Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government To Provide a Unified and Effective Response To Combat COVID-19 and To Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and SecuritySDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 9
4Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual OrientationSDG Goal 16
5Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch PersonnelSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3SDG Goal 9
6Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate CrisisSDG Goal 7SDG Goal 13SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11SDG Goal 8
7Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-WearingSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 11SDG Goal 16
8Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal RegulationSDG Goal 16
9Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and PrioritiesSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3SDG Goal 11
10Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health ThreatsSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 9SDG Goal 16
11Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and RecoverySDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 8
12Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological ThreatsSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11
13Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19SDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16
14Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International TravelSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11
15Protecting Worker Health and SafetySDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3
16Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education ProvidersSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 4SDG Goal 16
17A Sustainable Public Health Supply ChainSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 9SDG Goal 11
18Economic Relief Related to the COVID-19 PandemicSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3
19Protecting the Federal WorkforceSDG Goal 8SDG Goal 16
20Enabling All Qualified Americans To Serve Their Country in UniformSDG Goal 9SDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11
21Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America's WorkersSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 10
22Reforming Our Incarceration System To Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention FacilitiesSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11SDG Goal 3
23President's Council of Advisors on Science and TechnologySDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3
24Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and AbroadSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 13SDG Goal 7SDG Goal 11SDG Goal 2SDG Goal 15
25Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care ActSDG Goal 3SDG Goal 16
26Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework To Address the Causes of Migration, To Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and To Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States BorderSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3SDG Goal 11
27Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of FamiliesSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3SDG Goal 11
28Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New AmericansSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 3SDG Goal 11
29Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs To Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on MigrationSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11SDG Goal 9
30Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in BurmaSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11
31Establishment of the White House Office of Faith- Based and Neighborhood PartnershipsSDG Goal 16SDG Goal 11