"Nation-based peer assessment of Europe’s Sustainable Development Goal performance" - UCD
Adopted in 2015 by 193 member states, the SDGs represent the most prominent example of an international effort to achieve a set of time-sensitive sustainable development targets. Seven years now remain until 2030 – the date chosen for fulfilling the SDGs but robust and accurate methods for assessing their progress remains lacking.
The new study "Nation-based peer assessment of Europe’s Sustainable Development Goal performance", addresses this critical knowledge gap by providing the means to accurately identify national ’problem areas’ and thereby accelerate SDG achievement. Specifically, an indicator-based approach has been used to create a composite index containing 166 unique SDG indicators that assess a nation’s SDG performance compared to the best and worst performers. This new study has significant potential to accelerate the development of efficient national SDG policy by allowing policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders to easily assess a country’s SDG performance in a variety of critical dimensions, and to view best practice across Europe. The new index is particularly pertinent given that for the first time the EU has embarked on the creation of a voluntary review assessing its members progress towards SDG achievement.
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