Sustainable Development in the European Union

20.06.2022 | Ecologic Institute
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Sustainable development is firmly anchored in the European Treaties and has been at the heart of European policy for a long time. The 2022 overview brochure accompanies Eurostat's sixth regular report monitoring progress towards the SDGs in an EU context. Ecologic Institute's authors covered the chapters on SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The overview and monitoring report are available for download.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, have given a new impetus to global efforts for achieving sustainable development. The EU is fully committed to playing an active role in helping to maximise progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The analysis in this publication builds on the EU SDG indicator set, developed in cooperation with many stakeholders. The indicator set comprises around 100 indicators and is structured along the 17 SDGs. For each SDG, it focuses on aspects that are relevant from an EU perspective. The monitoring report provides a statistical presentation of trends relating to the SDGs in the EU over the past five years ('short-term') and, when sufficient data are available, over the past 15 years ('long-term'). The indicator trends are described based on a set of specific quantitative rules. This 2022 edition also analyses the COVID-19 pandemic's impacts during 2020, 2021 and the beginning of 2022 that are visible in Eurostat’s official statistics.

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2022 (Report)
Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2022 (Overview)

Further Links

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2020 
Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2020 Overview 
Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2019 
Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2019 Overview 

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