Sustainable Development Goals – Overview

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What are the sustainable development goals (SDGs)?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their related 169 targets, which are at the heart of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provide a new policy framework worldwide towards ending all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

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Discover the SDGs in the EU

Our visualisation tool will give you a quick overview of the current progress towards each of the SDGs and its sub-goals on an EU level.

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Compare your country's progress

Dig deeper: choose the goals and indicators you are interested in and use our easy and user-friendly time graphs to compare your country to others.

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SDGs at a glance

Not much time? Have a look at the 2017 brochure which offers a concise and visual overview of the key findings of the 2017 EU SDG monitoring report.

2018 review of the EU SDG indicator set

Have a look at the updated indicator list

The outcome of the 2018 review of the EU SDG indicator set is now available, including the updated list of indicators.

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Read the full 2017 report

Our publication provides a detailed description of the situation in the EU and its Member States, in relation to the 17 SDGs in an EU context.

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Before the SDGs: EU SDS

Before the SDGs, the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) was used to monitor sustainable development in the EU. Our achived pages will provide you all the information you need.