Eurostat issues today the publication ‘Sustainable development in the European Union — 2022 monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context’, which provides a statistical overview of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the EU.
The EU made progress towards most goals over the last five years of available data. Progress in some goals was faster than in others, and movement away from the sustainable development objectives occurred only in specific areas.
EU makes significant progress toward five SDGs and moderate progress for most others over the last 5 years
Like in previous years, the EU continued to make the most progress towards fostering peace and personal security within its territory and improving access to justice and trust in institutions (SDG 16).
Significant progress was also visible for the goals of reducing poverty and social exclusion (SDG 1), the economy and the labour market (SDG 8), clean and affordable energy (SDG 7) and innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9). It is important to note that in the area of poverty (SDG 1), available data partly refer to the pre-pandemic period and therefore do not yet fully consider the pandemic’s impacts. In contrast, the favourable assessment of SDG 7 was strongly influenced by a remarkable reduction in energy consumption in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions on public life and lower economic activity.
The EU also achieved good progress towards the goals of health and well-being (SDG 3), life below water (SDG 14) and gender equality (SDG 5).
In comparison, progress towards the remaining nine goals was markedly slower. Trends in the areas of sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), reduced inequalities (SDG 10), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), quality education (SDG 4), climate action (SDG 13) and zero hunger (SDG 2) painted a somewhat mixed but on average moderately favourable picture of EU progress.
The overall assessment of EU progress for partnerships for the goals (SDG 17) and clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) was more or less neutral, meaning they are characterised by an almost equal number of sustainable and unsustainable developments.
For life on land (SDG 15), the aggregation of the individual indicator trends showed a slight movement away from the respective Sustainable Development objectives over the past five years, indicating that ecosystems and biodiversity remained under pressure from human activities.
The impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not yet reflected in the 2022 SDG report, given that 2022 data are not yet available.
The EU SDGs indicators set is structured along 17 goals with 101 indicators (67 are aligned with the UN SDG indicators) and reviewed every year.
The indicator set for the 2022 report was reviewed to align with the 8th Environment Action Programme and the new targets of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. There is also an improved analysis of spillover effects covering CO2 emissions, land footprint, material footprint and gross value added generated outside the EU by consumption inside the EU.
As per the last version, it also includes an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the SDG.
Join us for the online briefing
If you are interested in finding out more about the EU’s progress towards the goals, join us tomorrow, 24 May, at 10:00 AM for an online briefing on the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – monitoring report – 2022 edition”.
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