Velibor Jovanovic Gavrilovic – Center for the Development of Economic Science, Bulevar oslobođenja 108, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Keywords:                    Sustainable Development
Composite SDG index;
Measuring progress;
European Union;
Western Balkans


Abstract: Sustainable development is one of the key topics in contempo­rary discussions on development. Over time, the concept has evolved from a vague vision of development centered on environmental issues to a compre­hensive development paradigm that includes economic, social and environ­mental aspects. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, which are the focus of this paper, reflect that broader, modern approach to sustain­able development. The paper aims to measure the progress of the countries of the EU and the Western Balkans in terms of achieving SDGs. For this pur­pose, the composite SDG Index, developed by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, was used. This index is de­composed into three pillars – economic, social and environmental, in order to monitor and analyze the achieved results more easily. Conducted research re­veals the weak points in the implementation of SDGs and indicates the prior­ity directions of action.

9th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2023 – Conference Proceedings: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, hybrid – online, virtually and in person, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1, 2023

ERAZ Conference Proceedings published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor, Maribor (Slovenia); University of National and World Economy – UNWE, Sofia (Bulgaria); Center for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET), Research Laboratory of the Department of Political Science of University of Crete (Greece); Institute of Public Finance – Zagreb (Croatia); Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Ohrid, University of St. Kliment Ohridski from Bitola (North Macedonia)

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Jovanovic Gavrilovic, V. (2023). Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in European and Western Balkans Countries. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), ERAZ Conference – Knowlegde Based Sustainable Development: Vol 9. Conference Proceedings (pp. 17-26). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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