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The SDGs: the situation for the Netherlands

Second SDG report with updated and new information on the position of the Netherlands with respect to the SDG indicators

In 2015, the members of the United Nations (UN) adopted an agenda for sustainable development. To monitor progress made towards this ambitious goal, the UN drafted a list of SDG indicators. In 2016, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) published a first report on the state of affairs in the Netherlands based on these indicators. Statistics already available at CBS were used for this purpose. The report was very well received both nationally and internationally, which was in part the motivation for publishing this second edition. This second edition was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The overall picture that emerges from the SDG measurements is that in a number of areas, the Netherlands ranks highly among European countries: our gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is one of the highest in the European Union (EU) and a relatively large number of Dutch citizens have confidence in institutions. A newly available indicator shows that there is good access to public transport in the Netherlands: 98.5 percent of the population lives less than two kilometres away from the nearest public transport stop. In other areas, the Netherlands occupies a low position in the European rankings. Our proportion of renewable energy is among the smallest in Europe, and the number of women in managerial positions is proportionally one of the smallest. You can read about this and a great deal more in this second edition.


For further information:

The SDGs: the situation for the Netherlands published 1 June 2018

Contact CBS Lieneke Hoeksma