Sustainable development is a constitutional state goal in Austria. The SDGs play a core role in several nationwide strategies spanning climate and energy, economic development, health, youth and foreign trade. Austria performs well within categories related to prosperity, as well as peace (Goal 16), and partnerships (Goal 17). Among OECD countries Austria has one of the lowest income inequalities and highest participation rates in lifelong learning. The country has an ambitious net zero by 2040 target. More work is needed in addressing the gender pay gap and in issues related to ecological sustainability such as high consumption levels.
Austria ranked 5th out of 193 in the 2023 SDG Index. It was classed as ‘on track’ for gender equality and as ‘moderately improving’ for 11 of the goals. It was marked as ‘stagnating’ for 4 of the goals.
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