Indicators of Sustainable Development

Guidelines and Methodologies

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This publication presents the third set of Indicators of Sustainable Development and provides suggestions on how to adapt them to national conditions and priorities. It benefits from the active participation of and excellent collaboration with, a wide range of governments, international organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and individual experts. This edition aims to further the momentum at the national and international level to develop and apply sustainable development indicators and to help the understanding of the various dimensions of sustainable development and their complex interactions and the facilitation of policy decisions for achieving sustainable development goals.



A word on indicator frameworks

Indicators of sustainable development at the national level are often developed through dynamic interactive processes and dialogues among a wide range of stakeholders, including government representatives, technical experts and civil society representatives. The process allows participants to define sustainability from their own perspectives, taking locally relevant aspects as well as their own value systems into account.


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