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.



Applying CSD indicators of sustainable development

This chapter offers some guidance on how the CSD indicators can be utilized by countries for the development or revision of national indicator sets. As deviations from the previous set of CSD indicators are modest, countries with national indicator sets in place may wish to consider the new set during a regular review of their indicators rather than on an ad-hoc basis. The chapter starts with an overview of selection criteria that should be taken into account. It then presents a simple tool that can help countries to adapt CSD indicators to national conditions. Finally, the chapter offers an example of the application of CSD indicators to national development strategies.


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