Measuring distance to the SDG targets – The Czech Republic

Based on 127 available indicators allowing a coverage of 100 of the 169 SDG targets, the Czech Republic has currently achieved 14 of the 2030 targets, and many of the remaining distances to targets are small (Figure 2.11). For example, it has already achieved the targets relating to water stress and water cooperation across borders (targets 6.4 and 6.5), has a low unemployment rate (target 8.5) and low government debt (target 17.1). However, some challenges remain; The Czech Republic is still far (i.e. more than 3 standardised distances away) from meeting 4% of the targets. These include targets relating to tobacco consumption (3.a), inequalities in education (4.5), and share of women in parliament (5.5).

Figure 2.11. The Czech Republic’s distance from achieving 100 SDG targets
Figure 2.11. The Czech Republic’s distance from achieving 100 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/10.1787/888933963063

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 2.12, Panel A shows that the Czech Republic is on average closest to reaching most goals pertaining to Planet (in particular goals on Water and Biodiversity), as well as the goals on Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequality (goals 1 and 10). Conversely, the Czech Republic is furthest from the goal on Gender Equality (goal 5). Relative to the OECD average, the Czech Republic outperforms on goals such as Poverty Eradication and Reducing inequality (goals 1 and 10), as well as on Water and Biodiversity (goals 6 and 15). Equally, the Czech Republic is relatively further away average on Education, Infrastructure and Climate (goals 4, 9 and 13). However, considerable effort by the international statistical community will be key to fill the data gaps and allow a more accurate assessment (see Figure 2.12, Panel B). For example, if missing data were available on Sustainable Production and Reducing Inequality (goals 12 and 10), the Czech Republic’s performance on Planet and Prosperity could change from current assessments.

Figure 2.12. The Czech Republic’s distance from targets and data coverage, by goal
Figure 2.12. The Czech Republic’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/10.1787/888933963082

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