Prague, Czech Republic – According to the 2019 Sustainable Development Report, the Czech Republic is ranked as the 7th most sustainable and developed country in the world.
The Sustainable Development Report, a U.N. report produced by the Bertelsmann Stiftung association and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network now in its fourth edition, examines the world’s country progress in achieving the sustainable development goals, the so-called SDG’s.
In 2015, the U.N. adopted 17 long-term sustainable development goals – including the eradication of poverty and hunger, quality education, access to clean water and sanitation, etc. – as a framework for U.N. member states’ development and sustainability efforts to be reached by 2030.
Czech Republic ranked 7th most developed country in the world
Ranked first in the No Poverty sub-index, the Czech Republic also fared well in areas such as “decent work and economic growth”, “reduced inequalities”, “sustainable cities and communities”, “peace, justice and strong institutions” or “clean water and sanitation”.
It already met one goal, is considered “on track” to meet five other SDG’s by 2030, “moderately increased in five of them”, but stagnated in four other criteria (gender equality, clean water and sanitation, climate action and partnerships).
All Visegrad Group countries in top 30 most developed nations
Other Central European countries are lagging far behind the Czech Republic in terms of sustainable development, but are still ranked among the top 30 best countries in the world.
Hungary is 25th, with a score of 76.9 (out of 100), already reached one sustainable development goal and on track to reach three others of them. Moderate but insufficient efforts are reported in six development goals, stagnation in four of them while Hungary’s score decreased in the climate action category.
Slovakia is 27th with a commendable score of 76.2, has already met the no poverty goal and is considered on track to meet three others (good health and well-being, affordable and clean energy and life on land) by 2030. Slovakia’s score only decreased in the “clean water and sanitation” area.
And finally, Poland comes at the 29th position with a score of 75.9. One SDG has already been reached by Poland, but efforts and policies remain insufficient for ten other goals, according to the U.N. report.
Denmark, Sweden and Finland lead U.N. sustainable development ranking
EU member states largely dominated the top of the ranking, made up of Denmark, considered the most developed country in the world, followed by Sweden, Finland, France, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Netherlands and Estonia.
The U.K. came at the 13th position, ahead of countries like Japan (15th), Switzerland (17th) or Canada (20th). The United States trails behind at the 35th position.
At the bottom end of the ranking, the least developed countries in the world in terms of sustainable development were almost all in Africa: the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Madagascar, Liberia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Niger and Afghanistan.
No reliable data was found for a number of countries or independent states, including Eritrea, North Korea, Libya and Somalia.