At the national level,
the Interfederal Institute for Statistics has created a working group on
indicators to monitor the implementation of the SDG’s. In a first step, the
working group has provided an inventory of existing indicators in Belgium
(at the federal, regional and community levels) that correspond to the UN
proposed indicators to monitor sustainable development goals. This working
group will continue its task in 2018, with the goal of organising a database of
SDG indicators for Belgium and its regions. As a preview, the working group has
prepared the statistical annex of the Voluntary National Review,
presented in July at the UN-General Assembly. This annex included 34 indicators
(2 per SDG) and their disaggregation by sex, age, income level, education, etc.
These indicators are available on www.indicators.be.
In accordance with the act of March 2014, a new annual statistical
report on indicators "beyond GDP" is published yearly by the National
Accounts Institute (NAI) and the FPB. According to the law, these
indicators must measure the quality of life, the human development, the social
advancement and the sustainability of the economy in Belgium. The 67 selected
indicators are grouped by the 17 SDGs and when possible to the LTV. This report
also updates the composite indicator to measure well-being 'Here and now‘. In
addition, this indicator is presented for various population categories: by
sex, age and income. It should be completed in the forthcoming updates by
composite indicators for the two other dimensions of sustainable development,
’Later‘ and ’Elsewhere‘. . The 2019-report shows that the well-being of
Belgians fell after the 2008 crisis. It improves in 2016 and 2017. But this
recent improvement is not shared by everyone..
At the federal level, the 2010 Federal Act on SD stipulates that within the
development of the long-term vision, indicators must be used to assess whether
the objectives are achieved. Sustainable development indicators are
published by the Task Force on Sustainable Development (TFSD) of the Federal
Planning Bureau (FPB) as part of the Federal Reports on Sustainable
Development. The latest set, updated in December 2017, was conducted on the
basis of the 34 indicators of the statistical annex of the Voluntary National
Review. These 34 indicators are part of a larger set of about eighty
indicators, published on the web site with SD
Interdepartmental Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD) and the public
services monitor the implementation of the Federal Plan measures. The analysis
of these data by the TFSD resulted in the construction of an indicator on the
At the Flemish level there is the Research
Centre of the Flemish Government which publicises an overview of regional
indicators (VRIND), every year. Some indicators can be related to SD. In 2016
this Centre prepared the sdg-indicators and they are an active member of the
Interfederal Institute on Statistics.
The draft of the Regional Sustainable Development Plan proposes a
framework to monitor the implementation of actions included in the plan.
Indicators will be defined by each public administration or agency in
order to monitor the implementation of the actions foreseen in the Regional
Sustainable Development Plan, and follow step by step its achievements. These
indicators are limited to operational measures and differ from those used in
the framework of the evaluation. This approach implies to establish a process
for gathering information, reporting and analyzing the state of play of the
actions included in the plan. All public administration or agencies in
charge of one or more measures will report the evolution of their
implementation, both the achievements made and the results obtained.
These information and monitoring data are an essential source for the
At the Walloon level, a list of sustainable
development indicators has been elaborated for the diagnosis of the SD
strategy. They reflect the economic, environmental and social trends in
Wallonia and help report on the transition of Wallonia to a sustainable
the SD strategy foresees the elaboration of a report on the implementation of
the SDGs in Wallonia every 3 to 4 years and for the 1st time in 2017.
The Walloon Government has
adopted its first SDGs’ implementation report in April 2017. It includes an
inventory of the Walloon strategies, programs and plans that contribute to
achieving the SDGs, an analysis of 70 indicators selected to monitor SDGs in
Wallonia and a set of good practices implemented by Walloon public
institutions, civil society and the private sector. The indicators presented in
this report are updated and a new publication is scheduled in autumn 2019 to
assess the progress of the Region in its transition to sustainable development.
This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 13 December 2019
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