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How has the EU progressed towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Nov 20, 2017 | News

(20 November 2017) – Eurostat issues today a first statistical overview of trends relating to the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the European Union. This publication is accompanied by a short brochure, also released today, providing a visual summary of the main findings of the full report.

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Overall the EU made progress towards the 17 SDGs over the past five years. Progress for some goals has been faster than for others. In addition, within goals, movement away from the sustainable development objectives also happened in specific areas.

The EU made significant progress towards the overall achievement of SDG 7 ‘Affordable and clean energy’, SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production’, SDG 15 ‘Life on land’, SDG 11 ‘Sustainable cities and communities’ and SDG 3 ‘Good health and well-being’.

For eight SDGs, the EU made overall moderate progress. Such moderate trends are visible for SDG 4 ‘Quality education’, SDG 17 ‘Partnership for the goals’, SDG 9 ‘Industry, innovation and infrastructure’, SDG 5 ‘Gender equality’, SDG 8 ‘Decent work and economic growth’, SDG 1 ‘No poverty’, SDG 2 ‘Zero hunger’ and SDG 10 ‘Reduced inequalities’.

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