Eurostat, EU makes progress in almost all the SDGs

Over the last five-year the European Union has made positive progress towards almost all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the main conclusion highlighted in the latest Eurostat report “Sustainable development in the European Union”.  99 indicators, distributed over the 17 SDGs, were used in the monitoring process. 37 out of 99 were multi-purpose indicators used to monitor more than one goal.


Good progress has been made in actual and perceived health (SDG 3); reductions of poverty and social exclusion (SDG 1); quality of life in cities and communities (SDG 11); financial flows and trade (SDG 17). According to the report, all these progress are to the result of favourable trends in the EU labour market (SDG8).


Areas showing insufficient progress include SDG 7 ‘Affordable and clean energy’, SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production’, SDG 13 ‘Climate action’ and SDG 15 ‘Life on land’.


Mixed trends were observed instead for sustainable agricultural production and its environmental impacts (SDG 2); gender equality (SDG 5) and other forms of inequalities (SDG 10)

Only for three goals trends could not be calculated due to insufficient data over the past five years: SDG 6 ‘Clean water and sanitation’, SDG 14 ‘Life below water’ and SDG 16 ‘Peace, justice and strong institutions’.


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