Where are we now?
The European SDG 2020 Index and Dashboard released that no European country had achieved the SDGs before the COVID-19 propagation, nor was it on track to do so. According to the Report, the best results were recorded against the socio-economic targets, including SDG 1 (Zero Poverty), SDG 3 (Health and well-being) and SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation). On the other hand, European countries score negatively against SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Under Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Earth).
Moreover, within the European Union, there is also a clear degree of convergence between the states considering that, as of 2015, the sub-regions with the lowest scores on the SDG index (Baltic countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Europe) continue to progress faster that the regions with the highest scores on the index (Northern Europe and Western Europe). Based on current results, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) predicts that it will take 21, 20 and 25 years respectively for the Baltic States, Southern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe to reach the average score of Northern Europe, the best performing sub-region to date.
The SDSN, in partnership with Esri (Environmental System Research Institute) and the National Geographic Society, launched “SDGs Today: The Global Hub for Real-Time SDG Data” in July 2020. SDGs Today aims to advance the production and use of real-time and geo-referenced data for the SDGs with a one-of-a-kind data platform, education and training resources. The initiative encourages countries, institutions, and civil society members to produce, share and engage with the data to help ensure that we meet the Global Goals by 2030.