Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets 2019

An Assessment of Where OECD Countries Stand

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a broad and ambitious programme for the world to achieve by 2030. With 17 Goals, underpinned by 169 Targets, the complex and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda presents national governments with huge challenges for implementation. To assist countries, the OECD has developed a unique methodology allowing comparison of progress across SDG goals and targets. Based on the UN Global List of 244 indicators, this study evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets for which data is currently available. This 2019 edition of the study presents the latest results for OECD countries, both on average and individually, as well as new exploratory approaches to assessing progress over time and transboundary aspects of the SDGs. By providing a high-level overview of countries’ strengths and weaknesses in performance across the SDGs, this study aims to support member countries in navigating the SDGs and in setting their own priorities for action within the broad 2030 Agenda.


Measuring distance to the SDG targets – The Netherlands

Based on 128 available indicators allowing a coverage of 104 of the 169 SDG targets, the Netherlands has currently achieved 26 of the 2030 targets, and many of the remaining distances to targets are small (). For example, The Netherlands has a high participation rate of adults in lifelong learning (target 4.3), the OECD lowest domestic material consumption per unit of GDP (targets 8.4 and 12.2) and high connection to public sewage treatment (target 6.3). However, some challenges remain; The Netherlands is still very far (i.e. more than 3 standardised distances away) from meeting some 3 % of the targets. For instance, there is a high environmental pressure on soils (target 2.4) and high rates of tobacco consumption (target 3.a).



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