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18 Sep 2018

Eurostat publishes monitoring report on EU's progress towards SDGs

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Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, has published a report on "Sustainable development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context - 2018 edition". The monitoring report, which was released on 18 September 2018, looks at how far the EU has progressed to date towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As can be seen from the graphics (click box to enlarge), the EU has made progress towards most of the 17 SDGs over the past five years. Progress for some goals has been faster than for others. In addition, within goals, movement away from the sustainable development objectives also happened in specific areas. The strongest progress has been made towards the overall achievement of SDG 3 ‘good health and well-being’, followed by SDG 4 ‘quality education’ and SDG 7 ‘affordable and clean energy’.

Moderate progress has been recorded for the following eight SDGs: SDG 11 ‘sustainable cities and communities’, SDG 12 ‘responsible consumption and production’, SDG 5 ‘gender equality’, SDG 8 ‘decent work and economic growth’, SDG 17 ‘partnership for the goals’, SDG 1 ‘no poverty’, and, to a minor extent, SDG 15 ‘life on land’ and SDG 2 ‘zero hunger’.

SDG 9 ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’ is characterised by an equal number of positive and negative developments of the indicators.

Based on the selected indicators, the EU appears to have moved away from the sustainable development objectives for SDG 10 ‘reduced inequalities’ over the past five years. This is due to the continued rise of income inequalities within EU Member States, a development that is not specific for the past five years but that has already been visible since 2005.

Eurostat has not been able to calculate trends for four SDGs, due to insufficient data (SDG 6 ‘clean water and sanitation’, SDG 13 ‘climate action’, SDG 14 ‘life below water’ and SDG 16 ‘peace, justice and strong institutions’).

For more information:

Eurostat - press release

Eurostat: Sustainable development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context — 2018 edition

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