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In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which constitutes an unprecedented plan of action aimed at sustainable development of the world. Seeking for development that will guarantee partnership and decent life for all people is its fundamental message. Eradication of poverty and provision of peace will facilitate realisation of that ambition. The 2030 Agenda is complex, universal and horizontal in its character. It includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 related targets referring to the three dimensions of sustainable development – economy, society and environment. In accordance with the Agenda, monitoring of the agreed sustainable development goals shall be conducted through a so-called SDG global indicators framework, compliant with international standards and calculated on the basis of official data. A list of SDG indicators, proposed by IAEG-SDGs, was accepted by UN Statistical Commission in March 2016 at the 47th Plenary Session. One year later, during the 48th Plenary Session, a revised list of SDG indicators was adopted. The list is still open and constantly developed and modified. Annual evaluation of global and regional progress towards SDGs realisation is presented in The Sustainable Development Goals Report by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – UN DESA. The report offers a diagnosis indicating the starting point of the world for implementing the 2030 Agenda, and it overviews 17 SDGs on the basis of available data for selected indicators, which enables the recognition of the greatest challenges for the world ahead. Therefore, the report is a point of departure for actions to fulfil the 2030 Agenda commitments, so that no one is left behind.            

UN publication


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is composed of 56 member States, including the countries of Europe, but also countries in North America (Canada and United States), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and Western Asia (Israel). UNECE headquarters are located in Geneva. UNECE facilitates integration and development of the region through dialogue, common regulations, norms and standards, exchange and application of best practices as well as economic and technical expertise, including technical cooperation for countries with economies in transition.

As a multisectoral and transboundary platform, UNECE enables recognition of shared and interconnected sustainable development challenges as well as adoption of integrated manner in tackling them. A driving force of UNECE’s work is partnerships (SDG 17) between stakeholders including governments, international and regional organizations, businesses, academia and civil society. This encompasses three strategic areas: improving connectivity within the region (SDGs, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13), reducing environmental pressures and using resources more sustainably (SDGs 3, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15), contributing to creating more dynamic and resilient economies (SDGs 7, 8, 9, 11, 13). Furthermore, so as to facilitate the region’s countries' preparation for reporting data for SDG indicators, UNECE compiled Road Map on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals. The publication provides guidance to national statistical offices on producing statistics for SDGs. Road Map constitutes a strong support in the development of national action plans in this area, especially for those countries that have just begun the process of setting all issues related to sustainable development monitoring. Road Map was developed by the Steering Group on Statistics for SDGs, operating within the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES), co-chaired by the Polish representative.

UNECE publication


Eurostat is a statistical office of the European Union, and its headquarters are located in Luxembourg. Eurostat’s mission is to provide the EU with high quality statistics on the European level, enabling international comparisons between countries and regions.

Sustainable development is a major and overarching objective of the European Union, outlined in the EU treaties as well as horizontal and sectoral policies. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda has shifted the European Union’s focus towards the implementation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Eurostat supports the EU in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by monitoring the EU’s progress towards the SDGs. For that purpose, Eurostat has developed the EU SDG indicator set in cooperation with Member States, and used it as a basis for the publication Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context. The EU SDG indicator set comprises 100 indicators, maximally 6 indicators per one SDG (except for SDGs 14 and 17), including 41 indicators, which monitor more than one SDG (these are so-called multi-purpose indicators). The monitoring report provides a statistical presentation of trends relating to the SDGs in the EU over the past five years (‘short-term’) and over the past 15 years (‘long-term’).


EUROSTAT publication


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental forum with its seat in Paris, currently composed of 35 member states. OECD’s mission is to seek and promote the best political and economic solutions for the purpose of improving the quality of life in the world in accordance with the motto “Better policies for better lives”. Among OECD's core principles and membership criteria, there is political pluralism (democracy), respect for human rights and civil liberties as well as sustainable growth within a market economy.

In response to the 2030 Agenda, OECD actively supports the United Nations in the implementation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In that respect, OECD has the necessary expertise, measures and systems for monitoring performance as well as a strong track record in policy work with developed and developing countries. Furthermore, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides partnership countries with a strong support mechanism for realising ambitious goals of the Agenda. Namely, OECD uses the Official Development Assistance (ODA) as a measure of support for the economic development and welfare of developing countries, introduced by the OECD Development Assistance Committee. In addition to that, OECD compiled a study  Measuring distance to the SDG targets. An assessment of where OECD countries stand in order to assist OECD countries in setting their national priorities and actions in support for the 2030 Agenda. The publication was presented for the first time at the High Level Political Forum in 2016. It presents the current position of selected OECD countries with respect to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and their distance from the SDGs. 

OECD publication

Bertelsmann Stiftung

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General since 2012. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector and civil society. The Network participates in work on further development of the global SDG indicator set as well as in the political processes of follow-up and review through expert analysis and events at the UN forum.

Bertelmann Stiftung's mission is to promote democracy and peace in the world. The Foundation carries out interdisciplinary projects in cooperation with researchers and experts in the field, engaging civil society and maintaining close contact with public and private institutions. In response to the Agenda 2030, Bertelmann Stiftung in collaboration with SDSN developed SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017. The study presents the position and rank of European, Asian and African countries, including OECD member states, in their realisation of the 2030 Agenda, using the SDG Index. The SDG Index includes 83 global indicators, monitoring sustainable development at the world scale, whereas for OECD countries, there are 99 indicators available.


Bertelsmann Stiftung and SDSN publication

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