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The indicator framework for monitoring the EU Sustainable Development Strategy

The EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) defines objectives and targets to achieve a continuous improvement in citizens' quality of life and well-being for present and future generations. Progress towards the EU SDS objectives and targets is evaluated using a set of about 130 sustainable development indicators (EU SDI set).

The thematic framework

The EU SDI set is organized in a theme-oriented framework, reflecting the key challenges of the EU SDS. The ten themes follow a gradient from the economic to the social, the environmental, the global and the institutional dimension of sustainable development:

(1) socioeconomic development,

(2) sustainable consumption and production,

(3) social inclusion,

(4) demographic changes,

(5) public health,

(6) climate change and energy,

(7) sustainable transport,

(8) natural resources,

(9) global partnership,

(10) good governance.

Each theme is divided into subthemes reflecting the operational objectives and actions of the EU SDS.

Different kinds of indicators

The EU SDI set includes various kinds of indicators responding to different user needs:

  • Level 1: Headline indicators monitor the overall objectives related to the key challenges of the SDS. They are widely used indicators with a high communicative and educational value. They are robust and available for most EU Member States, generally for a minimum period of five years.
  • Level 2: Operational indicators are related to the operational objectives of the SDS. They are lead indicators in their subthemes. They are robust and available for most EU Member States for a minimum period of three years.
  • Level 3: Explanatory indicators are related to actions described in the SDS or to other issues which are useful for analysing progress towards the strategy's objectives. Breakdowns of higher level indicators, e.g. by gender or income group, are usually also found at this level.
  • Contextual indicators are part of the set, but either do not monitor directly a particular SDS objective, or they are not policy responsive. Generally, they are difficult to interpret in a normative way. However, they provide valuable background information on issues having direct relevance for sustainable development policies and are helpful to an understanding of the topic.
  • Indicators under development either already exist, but are of insufficient quality or coverage (e.g. not yet available for three years or for a majority of Member States), or are known to be currently under development. Indicators under development are expected to become available within two years and of sufficient quality.
  • Indicators to be developed are either known to be currently under development, but no final satisfactory result is expected within two years or are currently not being developed.

     

The data tables, graphs and maps of the EU SDI set can be accessed via the "Indicator" pages by clicking on this icon: Tables, Graphs and Maps

The standard reference metadata (ESMS-IP) of the EU SDI set can be accessed via the "Indicator" pages by clicking on this icon: Erklärungen (Metadaten)