Towards Sustainable Development 2030—

A Report on Current Sustainability Progress of Taiwan

Towards a Sustainable Taiwan

Climate change, environmental pollution, resource depletion, and social imbalances have deeply affected the sustainable development of human society. Although Taiwan is not yet a member of the United Nations, the country still has to face the same issues. The sustainability of Taiwan’s future development depends on the actions we are taking now.

To implement sustainability practices, we must first identify what is impeding sustainable development and what the key challenges are. All of these require the government and the general public to fully communicate, propose strategies and actions with the end in mind, and continuously review progress and adjust practices.

The United Nations set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to identify key issues in economic, social and environmental aspects.The goals have since become a common language and strategy for global sustainable development.

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17 SDGs covering economic, social and environmental dimensions.

(via: the United Nations)

Opening the Paths to Sustainability

National Council for Sustainable Development Network of the Executive Yuan is drawing up the Draft of Sustainable Development Goals of Taiwan based on the SDGs. Not alone has civil society been implementing SDGs, but more and more companies incorporate them into their corporate social responsibility strategies. Since the issues involved are quite extensive, each country needs to identify their own key challenges. It is necessary to make the sustainable development truly implemented through the joint participation across all sectors.

To create constructive discussion of public issues, we need a common ground to work on. Taiwan Circular Economy Network issued Towards Sustainable Development 2030—A Report on Current Sustainability Progress of Taiwan, including 169 targets and 244 indicators under the SDGs, and corresponding statistics of Taiwan. The statistics allow the readers to understand the current progress of sustainable development in Taiwan, and could also serve as a reference for policy-making.

Goals: A total of 17 sustainable development goals.

Targets: A total of 169 targets.

To make it more legible, the content is condensed without compromising the correct understanding.

The images of the targets under the SDGs are designed by Project Everyone.

Indicators: A total of 244 indicators.

A global indicator framework developed by the SDG Inter-Agency and Expert Group to review the progress of global sustainable development.

Taiwan Statistical Data: The source of Taiwan statistical data is according to the Draft of Sustainable Development Goals of Taiwan (2017). The draft refers to the UN SDGs framework and proposes 18 core objectives, 140 targets and 362 corresponding indicators.

Taiwan statistical data are selected on the basis of the content of the draft that best responds directly or indirectly to the UN indicators. If there is no suitable content in the draft that can respond to the UN indicators, it is marked as “no suitable indicator”


"UN Indicators"(聯合國指標)is aligned with "Taiwan Statistical Data" (台灣基礎值)to reflect Taiwan's current progress.

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Circular Economy: Towards a Sustainable Future

The UNEP study points out that the advancement of 10 sustainable development goals depends on the improvement of resource use efficiency and calls for decoupling economic growth from natural resource consumption and environmental impacts. In other words, the circular economy not only helps implement SDG 12 “responsible consumption and production”, but also a key strategy for achieving other SDGs.

Sustainable development is a broad issue. It requires the participation of multiple fields and various professions. TCEN invites you to join us, and together we build a sustainable and prosperous future.

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