Regional indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, 6 July, 2021

Regional indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals

PUBLICATION | 20 MAY 2021 | by Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission

This report proposes a number of indicators aimed at facilitating the work of European regional governments that want to monitor how their policies contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what are their progresses toward them.

For this purpose, this report analyses four European SDG sub-national indicator sets. The analysis starts identifying which indicators included in the European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews (published by the European Commission in 2020) and proposed for the local level are also meaningful and available at the regional level. After this first step, three case studies are analysed: the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain, and Flanders in Belgium.

In spite of the differences between the case studies of the Basque Country, Navarra and Flanders, there are also remarkable similarities in these examples, which shows once again that the 2030 Agenda allows to speak a "common language”.

Any regional government willing to take the proposed consolidated indicator system as the basis for the development of its own monitoring system, it might select the indicators that are more relevant to the local situation and integrate them with additional indicators identified in the specific regional context.

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