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Supporting the UN SDGs transition: methodology for sustainability assessment and current worldwide ranking

Lorenza Campagnolo EMAIL logo , Fabio Eboli , Luca Farnia and Carlo Carraro
From the journal Economics


This analysis lies in the stream of research related to the quantitative assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations at the end of September 2015. We assemble a composite multi-dimensional index and a worldwide ranking of current sustainability. This makes it possible to assess the strengths and weaknesses of today’s socio-economic development, as well as environmental criticalities worldwide. The methodology goes through the following steps: screening of indicators capable of addressing the UN’s SDGs; data collection from relevant sources; organization into three pillars of sustainability (economy, society, and environment); normalization to a common metrics; aggregation of the 26 indicators into composite indices by pillars as well as in a multi-dimensional index. The final ranking includes 139 countries. Sweden, Norway and Switzerland are at the top of the ranking.

JEL Classification: O44; O57; Q01


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Received: 2017-05-31
Revised: 2018-01-21
Accepted: 2018-02-02
Published Online: 2018-02-28
Published in Print: 2018-12-01

© 2018 Lorenza Campagnolo et al., published by Sciendo

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