Europe Sustainable Development Report 2021

The third edition of the flagship Europe Sustainable Development Report tracks the performance of the EU, its Member States, and other European countries on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Europe Sustainable Development Report shows how the SDGs can be used as a roadmap for a sustainable and inclusive recovery inside the EU and highlights how the European Green Deal and the SDG diplomacy can help to achieve sustainable development worldwide and advance the EU's geopolitical interests. The report is part of the broader Sustainable Development Report (SDR) series which tracks the performance of countries and municipalities around the world on the SDGs since 2015. It builds on a peer-reviewed and statistically audited methodology and includes country profiles for the EU, its member states and partner countries. The ESDR 2021 shows that the EU needs to accelerate progress on many goals but faces its greatest SDG challenges in the areas of agriculture, climate and biodiversity (SDG2, 12-15) and in strengthening the convergence of living standards across its countries and regions. Europe’s recovery and pursuit of climate and biodiversity targets must therefore be accompanied by ambitious social policies to “Leave No One Behind” and solidarity.

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