Towards which of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals is the EU making progress and where is it lagging behind ? The Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Ecologic Institute and INFRAS have been examining development within the EU on an annual basis since 2016. The 2023 Eurostat Monitoring Report looks at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic for the first time.
Less poverty, more equality, better access to education: the European Union has made definite progress towards some of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs for short) in recent years. This is clear from Eurostat’s ‘Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context’, published in May 2023. However, the report also shows that the EU has suffered setbacks or needs to work harder to catch up in relation to numerous goals, namely those relating to the environment.
Monitoring report offers an overview of short-term and long-term developments
The monitoring report uses around 100 indicators to analyse developments and trends over the past five and 15 years. Each section contains a brief overview of the extent to which each goal has been achieved, a detailed analysis, and diagrams showing the trends in the relevant indicators over time.
INFRAS analysed the EU’s progress towards five of the 17 SDGs
INFRAS and the Ecologic Institute have been an integral part of the project team, headed up by the Vienna University of Economics and Business, since 2016. INFRAS analyses five of the overall 17 SDGs for the annual report.
- SDG 1: No poverty
- SDG 3: Good health and well-being
- SDG 4: Quality education
- SDG 5: Gender equality
- SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure