Sustainable development, as a global concept, poses a challenge for every person, country and the world in general, all with one objective - to ensure continuous improvement of the quality of life, well-being and sustainable development of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Unsustainable trends regarding climate changes, energy usage, poverty and social exclusion, demographic pressure and aging, threats to public health, use of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, are all processes that have high level of urgency. Therefore, it is the obligation of the present generation to preserve the planet’s capacity to support life with its entire diversity, and to ensure sustainable development.
Achievement of this aim means creating an economy with full and qualified employment, quality health care, social and territorial cohesion, as well as environmental protection.
The European commitment to participate actively in the process of global sustainable development. The overall aim of the sustainable development strategy is to develop a set of actions and measures that will enable continuous improvement of the quality of life, both for current and for future generations, through the creation of sustainable communities that are able to manage and use resources efficiently and to tap the ecological and social innovation potential of the economy, ensuring prosperity, environmental protection and social cohesion.
The progress in realizing the defined objectives is monitored trough a set of indicators, defined by the European Commision.
Bearing in mind the global importance of sustainable development, the State Statistical Office made efforts to compile and to unite in one place available indicators in the statistical system of the Republic of Macedonia, all for the purpose of sustainable development. The indicators have a multi-domain character and reflect the economic, social, environmental, and, to a certain degree, the institutional dimension of sustainable development.
The indicators simply show the movement in a particular area without prejudicing sustainability or non-sustainability.