Assessment of Sustainable development indicators

In the Assessment of sustainable development indicators, the Federal Planning Bureau assesses for Belgium the trends of 34 indicators towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, adopted by the United Nations in 2015: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development). For 17 of these 34 indicators, policy makers have set a target, a precise value to be reached by 2030. For the other 17 indicators, only a desired direction was determined.

The assessment result for each indicator is represented by an icon. More information on the assessment method is provided in the 2017 Federal Report on Sustainable Development, available in French and Dutch (see section 2.1). This report is an instrument of the Belgian federal sustainable development strategy (Act of 5 May 1997 on sustainable development, text in PDF in French and Dutch).


2017 Assessment of 34 indicators
Result Trend assessment Total
towards target in desired direction
Favourable 5 7 12
Undetermined/impossible 1 7 8
Unfavourable 11 3 14
Total 17 17 34


On the website of the Federal Planning Bureau, the 2017 Report, in French and Dutch (chapter 2 examines Belgium's progress towards the SDGs) and previous assessment results (2016 Assessment, in French and Dutch; and 2015 Assessment, in French and Dutch) are available.


No poverty Risk of poverty or social exclusion
Over-indebtedness of households
Zero hunger Adult obesity
Organic agriculture area
Good health and well-being Premature deaths due to chronic diseases
Daily smokers
Quality education Early school leavers
Lifelong learning
Gender equality Gender pay gap
Female members of parliament
Clean water and sanitation Nitrates in river water
Water consumption
Affordable and clean energy Renewable energy
Energy productivity
Decent work and economic growth Unemployment rate
Youth not in employment, education or training
Industry, innovation and infrastructure Passenger transport by car
Research and development
Reduced inequalities Risk of poverty
Income inequality: Gini index 
Sustainable cities and communities Inadequate dwelling
Exposure to particulate matter
Responsible consumption and production Domestic material consumption
Municipal waste
Climate action Greenhouse gas emissions non-ETS
Natural disaster victims
Life below water Sustainable fisheries
Natura 2000 protected marine area
Life on land Natura 2000 protected land area
Farmland bird population
Peace, justice and strong institutions Security feeling in public spaces
Trust in institutions
Partnerships for the goals Official development assistance
Official development assistance to least developed countries