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 – Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has already achieved 17 of the 128 SDG targets for which comparable data are available and, based on most recent trends, it is expected to meet 9 additional targets by 2030 (). As virtually all OECD countries, the Czech Republic 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 ). The Czech Republic performs well on Goals related to poverty, water and biodiversity. Still, challenges remain. The country’s strong industrial base and its reliance on coal place it among the most energy- and carbon-intensive economies in the OECD and its air pollution is a serious health concern.


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