Sustainable Development : A Brief Guide – 17 key indicators to measure progress
Each key indicator represents a group of indicators and statistics. The key indicators are taken from the MONET system of indicators. However, they are presented in a clearer and more concise way than the original indicators.
Is Switzerland on the road to sustainable development?
In order to determine this, we must ask ourselves four important questions:
- Meeting needs – How well do we live?
- Fairness – How well are resources distributed?
- Preservation of resources – What are we leaving behind for our children?
- Decoupling – How efficiently are we using our natural resources?
How well do we live today?
Being healthy, feeling safe and having enough income to live are all needs that, when met, contribute to the well-being of the population. Enabling all individuals to live in dignity and enjoy a good quality of life is a central goal of sustainable development.
How well are resources distributed?
The concept of sustainable development is based on a demand for fairness. In this context, all individuals should have fair access to important resources such as education, income, health and clean air. Inequality and poverty must be tackled at the national and international level.
Preservation of resources
What are we leaving behind for our children?
Sustainable development also means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The quality of life of future generations depends, in large part, on the state of environmental, economic and social resources we leave them in Switzerland and worldwide.
How efficiently are we using our natural resources?
From a sustainable development perspective, it is necessary that we seek to satisfy our needs within the limits of what the environment can withstand. Promoting economic and social development without damaging the environment means adopting more rational and efficient modes of production and consumption.