Sustainable development indicators

These sustainable development indicators (SDIs) provide information on Belgium’s progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals, with 169 associated targets, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 (Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).

To measure the progress of Belgium towards the SDGs, the Interfederal Statistical Institute has selected a set of 34 indicators (on this website tagged with VNR17).

In the 2017 Assessment, the Federal Planning Bureau assesses the trends of 34 SDIs towards goals from sustainable development strategies. This assessment is part of the 2017 Federal Report on Sustainable Development, an instrument of the Belgian federal sustainable development strategy (Act of 5 May 1997 on sustainable development, text in PDF available in French and Dutch).

The full report and previous assessment results are available on the website of the Federal Planning Bureau:

  • 2017 Report, available in French and Dutch (chapter 2 examines Belgium's progress towards the SDGs);
  • 2016 Assessment, available in French and Dutch;
  • 2015 Assessment, available in French and Dutch.

For each SDI, you will find on this website:

  • Data: figures in graphs and tables, from 1990 to 2016 if available, with a trend assessment, an international comparison and – if relevant and possible – breakdowns for different population groups; detailed source references;
  • Description: a definition of the indicator, the associated goal, the corresponding UN target and the closest related indicator from the UN Statistics Division list;
  • Download: all the above information in an XLSX file.

Goal 2

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


Goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Goal 6

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Goal 7

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all


Goal 8

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


Goal 9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG 10

Goal 10

Reduce inequality within and among countries

SDG 11

Goal 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG 14

Goal 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

SDG 15

Goal 15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

SDG 16

Goal 16

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

SDG 17

Goal 17

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development