The Czech Republic is the most sustainable country in Central and Eastern Europe, according to the 2019 Sustainable Development Report. Belarus ranks 23rd, neighboring Croatia and Latvia.
The report was published by the United Nations, Emerging Europe writes.
Countries in the report were evaluated on 17 key criteria for sustainable development, including eliminating poverty and hunger, establishing quality education, providing access to clean water and sanitation, promoting responsible consumption and production, having access to a decent workplace and contributing to the economic growth.
Belarus appears in Top 25, according to EE, and neighbors Croatia (22nd) and Latvia (24th).
Other countries in Top 25 are Estonia (10th), Slovenia (12nd), Croatia (22nd), Hungary (25th), while Montenegro closes the index, ranking only 87th.
Four years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, no country is on track to meet all the goals. Overall, emerging Europe’s countries obtain their best performance when it comes to erasing poverty and promoting affordable and clean energy.
For instance, the leader of the ranking Czech Republic scored best in the No Poverty index, having already met the criteria for achieving this goal. However, major challenges remain in the area of Climate Action, although only Latvia performed slightly better.
Still, compared to other regions, when it comes to the rule of law, peace, justice, and strong institutions, CEE lags behind, due to relatively high perceived corruption in some countries, poor freedom of speech or insecurity.