Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
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Europeans enjoy ever-healthier lives, but face increasing income inequalities

Sig­ni­fic­ant pro­gress in the area of health and well-be­ing, but un­fa­vour­able devel­op­ments in the dis­tri­bu­tion of in­come between rich and poor in the EU – these are the main res­ults of the most re­cent mon­it­or­ing re­port on sus­tain­able devel­op­ment pub­lished by Euro­stat, the stat­ist­ical of­fice of the EU. The re­port ana­lyses how the EU has pro­gressed to­wards the 17 UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) over the past 5 to 15 years, on the basis of of­fi­cial European stat­ist­ics. Span­ning across the en­vir­on­mental, eco­nomic and so­cial di­men­sions of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, the SDGs refer to top­ics such as poverty and inequal­it­ies, health and well-be­ing, edu­ca­tion, and the sus­tain­able use of re­sources and ecosys­tems.

The In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity has been ana­lys­ing the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of the EU on be­half of Euro­stat since 2007. Markus Hamet­ner, Mariia Kostetckaia and Ren­ate Ruech co­ordin­ated the over­all pre­par­a­tion of the 2018 mon­it­or­ing re­port and were in par­tic­u­lar re­spons­ible for draft­ing the ana­lyses on the top­ics eco­nomic growth and em­ploy­ment, inequal­it­ies, sus­tain­able cit­ies and com­munit­ies, sus­tain­able con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion, and peace and justice. The ana­lysis of the Euro­stat data for the past 5 years shows that the EU has made con­sid­er­able pro­gress in the area of health and well-be­ing, while only mod­er­ate to no pro­gress was achieved regard­ing ter­restrial ecosys­tems, in­nov­a­tion and trans­port. The goal on “re­du­cing inequal­it­ies” has even shown an over­all un­sus­tain­able trend, with in­creas­ing in­come inequal­it­ies within EU Mem­ber States.

The re­port is avail­able for down­load from the Euro­stat web­site:­stat/web/product­s-s­tat­ist­ic­al-­books/-/KS-01-18-656

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