- Key findings
- 1. No poverty
- 2. Zero hunger
- 3. Good health and well-being
- 4. Quality education
- 5. Gender equality
- 6. Clean water and sanitation
- 7. Affordable and clean energy
- 8. Decent work and economic growth
- 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- 10. Reduced inequalities
- 11. Sustainable cities and communities
- 12. Responsible consumption and production
- 13. Climate action
- 14. Life below water
- 15. Life on land
- 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
- 17. Partnerships for the goals
- Main tables
- Policy context
- EU SDS (outdated)
How has the EU progressed towards the SDGs?
Over the last five years, the EU made progress towards all of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG). Progress in some goals has been faster than in others, and within goals, movement away from the sustainable development objectives also occurred in specific areas.
The figure below shows a statistical summary of EU progress towards the 17 SDGs over this period.
The EU has made significant progress over the last five years towards the overall achievement of SDG 7 ‘affordable and clean energy’, SDG 12 ‘responsible consumption and production’, SDG 15 ‘life on land’, SDG 11 ‘sustainable cities and communities’ and SDG 3 ‘good health and well-being’.
It should be noted that progress towards a given goal does not necessarily mean that the status of that goal is satisfactory for the EU. For example, in the case of SDG 15, which focuses on terrestrial ecosystems, the indicators chosen mostly show good progress, but this should not lead to the conclusion that ecosystems or biodiversity in the EU are in good health.
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 comparable data over the past five years; or a trend calculation is not applicable.
In order to get a quick overview of the progress of each SDG and its subindicators, please click on the images in the wheel below.