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Only eight years left to realise the SDGs - Federal Report on Sustainable Development 2022 [18/10/2022]

There are only eight years left to realise the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The report presents an analysis of the Federal Plan on Sustainable Development adopted in 2021. It provides a detailed overview of Belgium's current international position and the differences between women and men. Finally, it presents approaches for integrating quantitative elements into sustainable development scenarios.

Learning Losses: the hidden cost of the Covid-19 pandemic [07/06/2022]

Education is crucial for the development of society. It is also a key element for our economy. This article examines the educational level of pupils in Belgium. While it had already been falling in recent years, this level has fallen further following the Covid-19 pandemic. Without catching up, the long-term economic cost of this decline in educational attainment would be considerable.

Sustainable development indicators, 2022 [02/02/2022]

This publication is the new version of the report on indicators complementary to GDP, published annually from 2016 to 2021. This renewed report on sustainable development indicators presents a larger number of indicators, covering the period from 1990 to 2020, depending on the availability of the data. In addition, it includes a review of the progress of these indicators towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015. It proposes a specific analysis of the well-being of the population 'Here and now' for Belgium in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and presents the four composite indicators to measure the sustainability of well-being (dimension 'Later'). This set will be completed in the forthcoming updates by composite indicators for the third and last dimension of sustainable development 'Elsewhere'.

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The Task Force on Sustainable Development (TFSD) of the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) acts since 1998 under the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, of which it is one of the actors. Its missions include reporting on the evaluation of sustainable development policies and proposing long-term foresight scenarios.

A development is sustainable if it enables the needs of the current generation to be met equitably without compromising the satisfaction of the needs of future generations.

A sustainable development that addresses social, environmental and institutional problems on a systemic basis is guided by the following five cross-cutting principles:

  • all countries' responsibility for the state of the planet, and especially of the rich ones;
  • double equity, both among today’s generation and between the present and future generations;
  • integration of the economic, social and environmental components of development;
  • precautions against the risk of serious or irreversible damage and the need for preventive measures;
  • public participation in the decision-making process by making information available to the public.

These five principles were adopted in 1992 by the international community at the Rio Conference and the sustainable development concept is best known mainly thanks to three world conferences organised by the United Nations :

  • The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992);
  • The UN World Summit on Sustainable Development;
  • The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, 2012 = Rio +20).

The overarching goals of a sustainable development that were adopted in 1992/2002 and confirmed in 2012 (Rio +20) are :

  • Eradicating poverty;
  • Changing unsustainable production and consumption patterns into sustainable ones;
  • Protecting and managing the natural resources on which economic and social development is based.

To contribute to the follow-up of the commitments made in this framework, the FPB regularly publishes the Federal report on sustainable development in accordance with the Law of 5 May 1997 regarding the coordination of the federal policy on sustainable development. The law also introduced the Federal plan for sustainable development.

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