The Short and Winding Road to 2030

Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has an unprecedented ambition, but also confronts countries with an enormous challenge given the complex and integrated nature of the Agenda with its 17 Goals, underpinned by 169 Targets. To assist national governments with their implementation, the OECD has developed a unique methodology allowing comparison of progress across SDG goals and targets, and also over time. Based on the Global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging UN and OECD data, this report provides a high-level assessment of OECD Member countries’ performance across the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda. The report evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets for which data is currently available, but it goes one step further and deepens the analysis by identifying long-term trends, considering also how these trends may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. By providing a high-level overview of countries’ strengths and weaknesses in performance across the SDGs, it aims to support Member countries in navigating the SDGs and in setting their own priorities for action within the broad 2030 Agenda.

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Measuring distance to the SDG targets – Denmark

Denmark has already achieved 25 of the 129 SDG targets for which comparable data are available and, based on most recent trends, it is expected to meet 7 additional targets by 2030 (). As virtually all OECD countries, Denmark has already met (or is close to meeting) most targets related to securing basic needs and implementing the policy tools and frameworks mentioned in the 2030 Agenda (see details in ) but Denmark also outperforms on many other goals. For instance, Denmark is one of the least unequal countries in the world (Goals 1 on poverty and 10 on Inequality) and environmental issues are high in its policy agenda. In addition, Denmark performs very well on ensuring fundamental rights and has a tradition of extensive consultations with key stakeholders as well as within government (Goal 16). Yet, challenges remain. Denmark is far away from reaching some targets relating to inclusion and, while declining, environmental pressure from the agricultural sector remains high.


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