SDG Composite indicators for EU countries

This paper presents a unique set of composite indicators synthesizing the elementary indicators of each EU28 Member State on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first experiment of this kind in the international panorama. This methodology is proposed as quick-to-read tool for monitoring the Agenda 2030

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Adolfo Morrone, Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo; Federico Olivieri, Andrea Stefani, Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASviS)

DOI 10.12910/EAI2018-069


Complexity is the biggest challenge when monitoring the Agenda 2030. Composite indicators do not represent a simplification of the problem, but an instrument that allows for a quick and concise view of performances related to each Goal. The results of this project provide stakeholders and the media with synthetic, clear and easy-to-read evaluations of both the EU’s and countries’ progress vis-à-vis each Goal. Moreover, they prove the usefulness of a tool that allows to monitor the overall situation of EU28 countries, offering an insight on their progress in relation to the achievement of the SDGs. Starting from this work, each Member State will be able to further develop its own composite indicator suing additional elementary indicators. Finally, this research could be an important step for data monitoring and reporting on the SDGs in the international context, encouraging more in-depth analyses of indicators. …