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SDGs in Europe; 5 seem Lost?

VU International News and Reviews No. 107 February 26 2018

February 2018

In November 2017, the European Commission published its 2017 Sustainable Development Goals Monitoring report.

This publication provides a statistical overview of trends relating to the SDGs in the EU over the past five years (‘short-term’), based on the 100 indicators chosen.

It claims that over the last five years, the EU made moderate progress in eight SDGs. Such moderate trends can be seen in 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’.

In the case of four goals — SDG 6 ‘clean water and sanitation’, SDG 13 ‘climate action’, SDG 14 ‘life below water’ and SDG 16 ‘peace, justice and strong institutions’ — trends cannot be calculated due to insufficient data over the past five years.

Strangely enough, the summary gives no information on the remaining 5 SDGs, nor an explanation of why that information is missing.

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