Measuring distance to the SDG targets – Sweden

Based on 127 available indicators allowing a coverage of 103 of the 169 SDG targets, Sweden has currently achieved 23 of the 2030 targets, and many of the remaining distances to targets are small (Figure 2.63). For example, Sweden has already achieved the targets on exposure to air pollution and official development assistance to developing and least developed countries (targets 11.6 and 17.2) and has among the best results in the OECD on CO2 intensity (targets 9.4 and 13.2). However, some challenges remain; for instance, with respect to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (target 14.4), Sweden could better engage in international co-operation and cross-country initiatives.

Figure 2.63. Sweden’s distance from achieving 103 SDG targets
Figure 2.63. Sweden’s distance from achieving 103 SDG targets

Note: The chart shows current level of achievement on each available target. The longer the bar, the shorter the distance still to be travelled to reach 2030 target (dotted circle). Targets are clustered by goal, and goals are clustered by the “5Ps” of the 2030 Agenda (outer circle).

Source: See www.oecd.org/sdd/OECD-Measuring-Distance-to-SDGs-Targets-Metadata.pdf for detailed metadata.

 StatLink http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933964051

The Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets Study is intended as an analytical tool to assist countries in identifying strengths and weaknesses across the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, and as such differs in nature from Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) or other reporting processes. To ensure international comparability, indicators used in the Study are based on the UN Global List of Indicators on SDGs and are sourced from the UN SDG Database and OECD databases. VNRs typically use national indicators that reflect national circumstances and can be more up-to-date.

Figure 2.64, Panel A shows that Sweden is on average closest to reaching goals on Climate (13), Infrastructure (9), Cities (11) and Energy (7), and furthest away from achieving goals on Institutions (16), Education (4) and Economy (8). Relative to the OECD average, Sweden outperforms most on goals such as Infrastructure (9), Reducing Inequality (10), Food (2), Health (4) and Climate (13). Conversely, Sweden is relatively further away on Oceans (goal 14). However, considerable effort by the international statistical community will be key to fill the data gaps and allow a more accurate assessment (see Figure 2.64, Panel B). For example, if missing data were available on Sustainable Production, Oceans, Reducing Inequality, Cities (goals 12, 14, 10, 11), Sweden’s performance on Planet and Prosperity could change from current assessments.

Figure 2.64. Sweden’s distance from targets and data coverage, by goal
Figure 2.64. Sweden’s distance from targets and data coverage, by goal

Note: Panel A shows the average distance the country needs to travel to reach each SDG. Distances are measured in standardised units (see Chapter 3 for details) with 0 indicating that the level for 2030 has already been attained and 3 is the distance most OECD countries have already travelled. Bars show the average country performance against all targets under the relevant Goal for which data are available, and diamonds show the OECD average. Whiskers show uncertainties due to missing data, ranging from assuming that missing indicators are all 3 standardised distances from the 2030 target level to assuming that they are already at the target level. Panel B shows the share of targets covered by at least one indicator out of the 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda, according to the 17 goals and 5Ps.

Source: See www.oecd.org/sdd/OECD-Measuring-Distance-to-SDGs-Targets-Metadata.pdf for detailed metadata.

 StatLink http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933964070

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