The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) have been confirmed by all 193 member states. The Basel Institute is a contributor to various groups discussing and enhancing both the implementation as well as the measurement of the UN SDG.
On July 16th 2016 the Bertelsmann Foundation and the UNSDSN launched a Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI) that ranks the progress of countries to achieving the SDG.
The following table compares the rankings of the SDGI with the rankings of the nine indices included in the Global Index Benchmark:

In short the major results of the review/audit of the SDGI are:

– The ranking of the SDGI is entirely redundant with the other indices using aggregated data on development
– The SDGI is unilateral biased and disadvantages countries in poverty, crisis and conflict
– All indices are favouring the countries where they were created: Australia, Germany, UK, US and Switzerland
– While measuring effects of GDP the indices disadvantage countries that can not influence their GDP by printing money



Dill, Alexander, The wrong message. Redundancy and unilateralism in measuring the SDGs. in: Globalpolicywatch, March 10th 2017:

Dill, Alexander; Gebhart, Nicolas, Redundancy, Unilateralism and Bias beyond GDP – Results of a Global Index Benchmark:

Bertelsmann/SDSN SDG Index: http://www.sdgindex.org/

UN Sustainable Development Goals: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/


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