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Measuring progress, true wealth, and well-being

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What is the 'Beyond GDP' initiative

The Beyond GDP initiative is about developing indicators that are as clear and appealing as GDP, but more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress.

This website updates on recent developments and ongoing work.


Social Progress Index 2017

Social Progress Index 2017

The Social Progress Imperative published the Social Progress Index 2017, which measures countries’ performance on social and environmental aspects. The 2017 index ranks 128 countries on 12 components, each comprising between 3 and 5 indicators and grouped under three dimensions: basic human needs, foundations of well-being and opportunity. The 2017 report also shows the evolution of social progress over time, indicating a general improvement in social progress but significant differences between countries as well as across components. Access to information, communications and higher education have improved significantly, while personal rights, safety and inclusion have declined. Additionally, outdoor air pollution continues to drive mortality globally. The results show that despite there being a positive correlation between economic development and social progress, it is not a linear one and income level does not represent the sole determinant. Denmark presents the highest overall social performance in 2017.

Cities in Motion Index 2017

Cities in Motion Index 2017

The IESE Business School Centre for Globalisation and Strategy released the Cities in Motion Index 2017. The overarching aim of the initiative is to promote a model for urban development which integrates four considerations: a sustainable ecosystem, innovative activities, equity among citizens and a connected territory. This fourth edition of the report covers 180 cities (of which 73 are capitals) in 80 countries, utilising 79 indicators. The indicators are grouped in 10 dimensions, covering issues such as international outreach, mobility and transport, and environmental indicators The cities are ranked overall, across the 10 dimensions, and by region, using the same methodology as previous editions. The best overall performing cities in 2017 are New York, London and Paris.

WHO world health indicators 2017

World Health Statistics 2017 – Health and the SDGs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released the report “World Health Statistics 2017: Monitoring health for the SDGs”. The 2017 report, covering 194 member countries, provides health data, including health coverage and access to services and expenditures. The first part gives details of the WHO’s work on improving health systems globally. The second part plays particular attention to 21 health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets. The third part looks at success stories from countries which have improved their health performance in one of the WHO’s six lines of priority action. For example, one success story examines Ireland’s experience in reducing mortality from non-communicable diseases by 42% between 2000 and 2015, particularly by reducing air pollution.

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