IELTS ESSAY TOPIC PLAN – Government Goals – Economic Progress

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal. Some people, however, think that other types of progress are equally important for a country.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. You should write at least 250 words.


IELTS ESSAY TOPIC - Government goals-economic growth - brainstorming

2. RESOURCES  (use the link for detailed information):



Goal 1: No poverty

Goal 2: Zero hunger

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 5: Gender equality

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Goal 13: Climate action

Goal 14: Life below water

Goal 15: Life on land

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Goal 17: Partnerships



1.     In what way is economic progress linked to other possible goals?

2.     Which equally important goals would you mention in your essay?

3.     Why are other goals important? Give reasons and develop them.

4.     What real examples can you give? (Choose a country and its government’s recent outcomes –positive example vs a country where the government has failed to address any of the mentioned issues-negative example)

5.     What predictions can you make (for the concluding paragraph) regarding goals that are going to become the most important (personal opinion/articles you have read/documentaries you have watched)?


4.     TED TALKS:

(Michael Green, Economist, social progress expert)



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