Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Sustainable development indicators
The Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) are used to monitor the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS). The SDI framework is presented in the following 10 themes:
- Socioeconomic development
- Sustainable consumption and production
- Social inclusion
- Demographic changes
- Public health
- Climate change and energy
- Sustainable transport
- Natural resources
- Global partnership
- Good governance
Of more than 100 indicators, eleven have been identified as headline indicators. They are intended to give an overall picture of whether the European Union has achieved progress towards sustainable development in terms of the objectives and targets defined in the strategy. For example, the headline indicator in the public health theme is the Healthy Life Years (HLY) at birth together with Life expectancy.
Evaluating progress towards the agreed goals is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Strategy. Therefore, the European Commission constantly develops and improves the Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs). Eurostat publishes regular monitoring of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy.