Task Force on Measuring Sustainable Development

Institution: UNECE-Eurostat-OECD

In Brief

2013, UNECE-Eurostat-OECD; sets of indicators


(2013, UNECE-Eurostat-OECD; www.unece.org/index.php?id=33019).

On 12 June 2013, the Conference of European Statisticians held under the auspices of UNECE in Geneva, endorsed a set of recommendation for a framework to measure sustainable development and associated sets of indicators. This is a “key step toward harmonizing various approaches” and is expected to contribute to UN processes for setting Sustainable Development Goals and defining a post-2015 development agenda. The Report was developed by a Task Force set up by UNECE, Eurostat, and OECD, and builds on the definition of sustainable development in the 1987 Brundtland Report. It builds on three dimensions of human well-being: 1) well-being of the present generation in a particular country; 2) well-being of future generations (depending on resources the current generation leaves behind, based on four main types of capital: economic, natural, human, and social); 3) well-being of people living in other countries. Specific themes include subjective well-being, income and consumption, nutrition, health, housing, education, leisure, physical safety, trust, institutions, energy resources, non-energy resources, land and ecosystems, water, air quality, climate, labor, physical capital, knowledge capital, financial capital, and population. Two large sets of 60 and 90 indicators will be supplemented by a “small set of 24 indicators to ease communication with policymakers and the general public.”

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