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S.J. Bley, Eurostat: "Monitoring the SDGs in an EU context"


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Evento Istat e AsviS "Misurazione dello sviluppo sostenibile"
Roma, Palazzo della Cooperazione, 27 maggio 2019
Via Torino, 146

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S.J. Bley, Eurostat: "Monitoring the SDGs in an EU context"

  1. 1. Monitoring the SDGs in an EU context Simon Bley Eurostat Unit E2 Misurazione dello sviluppo sostenibile Rome, 27 May 2019
  2. 2. Outline • The EU SDG indicator set: Design principles and differences to the global set • Our monitoring package: Report, brochure and digital offerings • Communicating progress towards the SDGs: Eurostats assessment method • Selected results from the 2019 report
  3. 3. Indicator set: Alignment with UN list Main guideline: EU SDG indicators shall monitor EU policies. This means that 1. EU indicators need to be ready to use. 2. They need to be relevant for EU policies. 3. Indicators need to be applicable to Europe’s situation. 4. There should be a limit to the number of indicators. 3 Eurostat
  4. 4. Indicator set: Main characteristics • Structured along the 17 UN SDGs • Around 100 indicators, six per goal • Indicators selected have strong links with long-term EU policies: Europe 2020, 10 Commission Priorities, Circular Economy etc. • Only already available indicators, meeting minimum quality requirements • 2/3 of the indicators are derived from European statistics
  5. 5. SDG MR: Release package
  6. 6. SDG MR: The Report 6 Eurostat • ~350 pages • 17 thematic chapters, executive summary and annexes • Indicator sections include time series and country data
  7. 7. SDG MR: Our brochure 7 Eurostat • Short overview • 2-page summary per SDG
  8. 8. SDG MR: Digital publication 8 Eurostat • Mainly addressed to young audience • Selection of EU SDG indicators «closer» to non-specialists • Interactive
  9. 9. Trend assessment: Overview • Assessment of individual indicator trends… o …with an existing quantitative policy target: „Is the EU on track to reach the target?“ o …without a quantitative target: „Is the EU moving in the right direction with regards to…?“ • Goal-level trend aggregation: „Is the EU progressing towards SDG x?“ 9 Eurostat
  10. 10. Trend assessment: Target indicators 10 Eurostat • Reference: Commission SWD “Key European action supporting the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals” • 15 indicators in 2019 • Europe 2020, ET 2020
  11. 11. Trend assessment: Direction indicators 11 Eurostat • 1% threshold is a communication tool • It should not be confused with the level of EU ambition on a given topic • There is a vast number of issues and we have to apply a consistent method
  12. 12. Trend assessment: Goal level aggregate 12 Eurostat • Indicator assessments in each goal are normalised • At least 75% of indicators need to have an assessment • Simple average score is used to rank the goals • Progress, not current status.
  13. 13. Trend assessment: Goal 3 13 Eurostat
  14. 14. Trend assessment: Goal 13 14 Eurostat
  15. 15. Release date: 28/06/2019! Download on Eurostat’s dedicated website on SDG monitoring:
  16. 16. Extra slide: Aggregation of indicators without target
  17. 17. Extra slide: Aggregation of indicators with target
  18. 18. Extra slide: Evaluation method: 1% vs. 2% threshold