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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.


Agenda 2030 Suisse

Monitoring the Goals of the 2030 Agenda: a first contribution from Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Statistical Office published a selection of 48 MONET indicators, presenting a first attempt to monitor the 17 SDGs in Switzerland. Progress towards the goals is based on a positive, negative or neutral indication of change across a total of 48 indicators for the 17 goals. For some goals, including “Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”, Switzerland scores poorly in more than one indicator. This preliminary monitoring, still provisional and incomplete, will be adapted and enriched by an extension of the MONET system which is currently being developed. The first results of this work will be published in early 2018.

PIB 2016

Belgium Complementary Indicators to GDP 2017

The Belgian Bureau Fédéral du Plan (BFP /Federal Planning Bureau) has published its report on Complementary Indicators to GDP, which aims at measuring people’s wellbeing and societal development at the federal level, as requested by the Law adopted on 14th March 2014. The 2017 report illustrates trends for 67 indicators grouped in 13 themes, and the aim is to show their evolution over time. Compared to the first edition from 2016, the 2017 report includes four additional indicators, among which are the marine areas in Natura 2000 and the victims of natural catastrophes. Moreover, the analysis includes international comparisons, breakdowns by income level and information on the quality of indicators.

German SDS

German Sustainability Strategy Report 2016

The new German Sustainability Strategy explicitly aligns the country’s development ambitions with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of the country’s commitment to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The strategy builds on the revision of a draft report launched in May 2016 and the results of a public consultation. The strategy identifies 63 key indicators (compared to 61 in the draft strategy), allocating at least one indicator per goal. The Federal Statistical Office will report on progress towards these indicators every 2 years, and the strategy itself will be reviewed every four years. According to the report, 27 indicators show a positive status, whilst 29 indicate negative trends or status. For 7 indicators it is not yet possible to report on progress.

National News

Going Beyond GDP