Dashboard 2: Sustainable Development

Sustainable development dashboard is a color-coded table, which contains a selection of indicators that cover environmental, economic and social sustainable development. For environmental sustainability, a mix of level and change indicators is related to renewable energy consumption, carbon-dioxide emissions, forest areas and fresh water withdrawals. Economic sustainability indicators look at natural resources depletion, national savings, external debt stock, government spending on research and development, and diversity of economy. Social sustainability is captured by changes in income and gender inequality and multidimensional poverty, and by the level of the projected old-age dependency ratio for 2030. Three-color coding of achievements in each indicator is used to visualize a partial grouping of countries into three groups of approximately equal sizes - the top third, the middle third and the bottom third. We are not suggesting nor are we using any norms about sustainable or unsustainable levels of these indicators. We simply observe distributions and use their tercile values. Cut-off values that are defined by terciles of distribution of each indicator are given in Technical note 7.