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Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2020

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2020

Monitoring Report on Progress Towards the SDGS in an EU Context

This publication is the fourth of Eurostat’s regular reports monitoring progress towards the SDGs in an EU context. The analysis in this publication builds on the EU SDG indicator set, developed in cooperation with a large number of stakeholders. The indicator set comprises around 100 indicators and is structured along the 17 SDGs. For each SDG, it focuses on aspects which 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 on the basis of a set of specific quantitative rules. 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 publication is available for download.

Sustainable development is firmly anchored in the European Treaties and has been at the heart of European policy for a long time. 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 to maximise progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


Bley, Simon Johannes, et al. (ed.) 2020: Sustainable Development in the European Union. Monitoring Report on Progress Towards the SDGs in an EU Context. [eurostat Statistical books 2020 edition]. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.


Simon Johannes Bley (Eurostat, Unit E2 — Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development)
Markus Hametner, Mariia Kostetckaia, Ingrid Setz (WU Vienna); Aaron Best, Christiane Gerstetter, Doris Knoblauch, Ina KrügerRuta LandgrebeEike Karola Velten (Ecologic Institut); Ariane De Rocchi, Sabine Fries, Anik Kohli, Christoph Petry, Myriam Steinemann (INFRAS)
Fritz Gebhard, Johanna Giczi, Christine Mayer, Ekkehard Petri, Anna Sabadash, Irina Schön, Anton Steurer (Eurostat, Unit E2 — Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development); Carolyn Avery (ENDS, Haymarket Media Group Ltd)

  • European Commission, Eurostat (Eurostat)
978-92-76-17442-4 (print), 978-92-76-17443-1 (pdf)
366 pp.
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Table of Contents

1. SDG 1: No poverty
2. SDG 2: Zero hunger
3. SDG 3: Good health and well-being
4. SDG 4: Quality education
5. SDG 5: Gender equality
6. SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
7. SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
8. SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
9. SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
11. SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
12. SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
13. SDG 13: Climate action
14. SDG 14: Life below water
15. SDG 15: Life on land
16. SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
17. SDG 17: Partnership for the goals

Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, indicator set, trends, 2030 Agenda, Europe