Sustainable development indicators
In 2016 the European Commission launched a Communication on Next steps for a sustainable European future [COM(2016)739]. It maps the European policies contributing to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular for the SDG 3 'Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages'.
In 2017 the European Commission has developed the EU SDG indicator set. For Goal 3 on health and well-being, the following 6 indicators were selected:
- Life expectancy (by educational level)
- Self-perceived health
- Death rate due to chronic diseases
- Suicide death rate
- Smoking prevalence
- Self-reported unmet need for medical examination and care.
The European Commission will evaluate progress towards the agreed goals in a yearly report on SDG monitoring.
The publication 'Sustainable development in the European Union — A statistical glance from the viewpoint of the UN Sustainable Development Goals' builds on Eurostat’s long experience in monitoring the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. It provides a statistical glance at the current situation (including a chapter on good health and well-being) in the EU and its Member States from the viewpoint of the SDGs.
In addition, indicators for other SDG Goals have also been attributed to Goal 3 as 'supplementary indicator' such as:
- Obesity rate
- Fatal accidents at work by sex
- People killed in road accidents
- Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter
- Proportion of population living in households considering that they suffer from noise