Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2023

Monitoring Report on Progress Towards the SDGs in an EU Context


Petri, Ekkehard, et al. (ed.) 2023: Sustainable Development in the European Union. Monitoring Report on Progress Towards the SDGs in an EU Context. [eurostat Statistical books 2023 edition]. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

The 2023 publication is Eurostat's seventh 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 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 in helping to maximise progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This publication is the seventh 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 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 on the basis of a set of specific quantitative rules.

Over the five-year period assessed, the EU has made significant progress towards ensuring decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) and reducing poverty (SDG 1), as well as towards improving gender equality (SDG 5).

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Ekkehard Petri (Eurostat, Unit E2 – Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development)
Markus Hametner, Mariia Kostetckaia, Pooja Patki (WU Vienna); Aaron Best, Benedict Bueb, Doris Knoblauch, Ruta Landgrebe, Levin Scholl, Ulf Stein, Eike Karola Velten (Ecologic Institute); Ariane De Rocchi, Anik Kohli, Christoph Petry, Kosta Shatrov, Myriam Steinemann (INFRAS)
Arturo de la Fuente, Kathrin Gebers, Johanna Giczi, Christine Mayer, Åsa Önnerfors, Anna Sabadash, Irina Schön (Eurostat, Unit E2 – Environmental statistics and accounts;
sustainable development); Carolyn Avery (ENDS, Haymarket Media Group Ltd)

European Commission, Eurostat (Eurostat), International
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366 pp.
978-92-68-00375-6 (print)
978-92-68-00374-9 (pdf)
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Table of contents
Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, indicator set, trends, 2030 Agenda

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