In 2015 the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with 169 associated targets. To measure the progress of Belgium towards the SDGs, the Interfederal Statistical Institute (website available in French and Dutch) selected a set of 34 indicators, i.e. two per goal. These indicators were first presented in the Belgian Voluntary National Review (VNR 2017, PDF), submitted to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In the future, other sustainable development indicators will be added to this set of 34 indicators.

The list below gives access to detailed information on each VNR17 indicator.

In the 2017 Assessment, the Federal Planning Bureau assesses for Belgium the trends of 34 sustainable development indicators towards the SDGs.


No poverty Risk of poverty or social exclusion
Over-indebtedness of households
Zero hunger Adult obesity
Organic agriculture area
Good health and well-being Daily smokers
Deaths due to chronic diseases
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 intensity
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 Gini index
Risk of poverty
Sustainable cities and communities Inadequate dwelling
Exposure to particulate matter
Responsible consumption and production Domestic material consumption
Municipal waste
Climate action Natural disaster victims
Greenhouse gas emissions
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