15 Jul 2019
Following the issued 2019 Sustainable Development Report, the Czech Republic is ahead of any other country in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of sustainability. The report is in its fourth year being published by the United Nations with the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) aiming at highlighting the leading countries with long-term targets for sustainable development.
17 criteria for sustainable development were used to determine how the countries are doing and where they should be ranked. The criteria varied from approaches towards poverty, hunger education, access to clean water and a fitting workplace and the economic growth.
The report illustrated how none of the countries are close to achieving all goals discussed and agreed to when accepting to take on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. The European countries in the report are seen to be doing well to minimise poverty and help maintain clean air and energy. However, Central and Eastern Europe countries do not fare well against other regions when it comes to law, peace and justice, mainly because of corruption and little freedom of speech in some countries.
The Czech Republic met its target for poverty, having the best No Poverty index and ranked 7th most developed country.