Which are the SDGs?
Below the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are presented according to the Agenda 2030.
Progress report towards the SDGs
In 2022 the sixth edition is the sixth (6th) report was published, analysing the EU’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In the following figure there is an Overview of EU progress towards the SDGs over the past 5 years.
As you may see in the above figure significant progress was visible for the following goals:
- reducing poverty and social exclusion (SDG 1),
- the economy and the labour market (SDG 8),
- clean and affordable energy (SDG 7),
- innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9).
It is important to highlight that in the area of poverty – SDG 1, the available data partly are referring to the period up to 2019 and the pandemic’s impacts have not taken into account.
Furthermore, the favorable assessment of SDG 7 – clean and affordable energy is strongly influenced by the reduction in energy consumption in 2020 due to COVID-19 related restrictions on public life and lower economic activity.
EU has also achieved good progress towards the following goals:
- health and well-being (SDG 3),
- life below water (SDG 14),
- gender equality (SDG 5).
Progress towards the remaining nine (9) goals was slower. As you may see above some goals experiencing slightly unsustainable overall trends over the most recent five-year period of available data.
The progress of the 17 SDGs
The target trends, for their progress, are characterized by both quantitative and quantitative indicators. Below we report the trends of the 17 SDGs, starting from the goal with the most progress to the one with negative improvement over the past five years:
SDG 16 – Peace, justice, and strong institutions: Favorable trends for the EU over the past five years, putting the goal again on top of the ranking. EU has become a safer place in recent years.
SDG 1 – Zero hunger: Considerable improvement, as an increasing share of people is being able to meet its basic needs.
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth: Clear signs of recovery after the pandemic’s impact on the economy and the labour market. After the contraction of the EU economy in 2020, real GDP per capital grew significantly in 2021, although it remained slightly below pre-pandemic levels.
SDG 7- Affordable and clean energy: Strongly influenced by the measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on public life and lower economic activity
SDG 9- Industry, innovation and infrastructure: Characterised by favorable trends in most of its indicators.
SDG 3- Good health and well-being: Trends seem favorable, nevertheless the indicators does not yet fully reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SDG 14- Life below water: Trends in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries are generally favourable.
SDG 5- Gender equality: Shows quite favourable developments in most of the areas monitored
SDG 11- Sustainable cities and communities: Largely favourable development concerning the quality of life in cities and communities, whereas the picture is more mixed for sustainable mobility and environmental impacts.
SDG 10– Reduced inequalities: A mixed but on average moderately favourable picture.
SDG 12- Responsible consumption and production: Trends have been mixed over the past few years.
SDG 4- Quality education: Characterised by divergent developments between the indicators monitoring participation in education and those monitoring education outcomes.
SDG 13– Climate action: Moderately positive, even though the trends in the monitored areas show a mixed picture.
SDG 2- Zero hunger: Focuses on malnutrition, the sustainability of agricultural production and its environmental impacts the indicators are differentiated.
SDG 17- Partnerships for the goal: More or less neutral.
SDG 6- Clean water and sanitation: Available data paint a rather mixed picture for the EU, for this goal, with an overall neutral assessment, on average no progress over the past five years.
SDG 15- Life on land: The indicators selected show some slight improvements combined with a few clearly negative developments that result in an overall slightly negative goal-level assessment.
Further and more analytical information regarding SDGs’ progress you may find here!
How will we learn more about SDGs’?
Through ACT! project!
ACT project focus on developing the needed tools and methods so as children and teachers from different countries and educational and cultural environments to work together (co-creative) on global topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .
The tools that will be created for this purpose are the following:
- Self-Reflection Tool for teachers on cross-border learning synergies for the SDGs.
- Online Training Program for teachers in cross-border cooperation for the development of the SDGs in schools.
- Community e-platform for cross-border cooperation on the SDGs.
- Online Workshops for cross-border cooperation on the SDGs.
Target groups of ACT!:
- Children among the age of 14 to 18 years old.
- Teachers of students from 14 to 18 years old.
- NGOs and organizations working for sustainable development.
- Local/ regional/ national/ European community.
- Public & Private Educational stakeholders.
- Primary/ upper secondary schools.
- Educational authorities.
- Training institutions.
SDGs concern us all! United we ACT!
Together we can make SDGs a reality!
For more information regarding ACT! project click here!