Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals – (how) can per­form­ance be meas­ured?

Understanding about the implementation and monitoring of SDG’s is vital in achieving sustainability on global and local levels. In the event you will learn and discuss SDGs, Finland’s performance and evaluation of SD policies with visiting experts.
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WHAT: The realization of the 2030 Agenda's 17 goals and 169 targets is monitored by roughly 230 global indicators. The UN uses this data to compile the annual SDG Progress Report for the purposes of global follow-up. Global indicators help also individual countries in their efforts to reach the SDG’s. However, the global indicators alone do not often provide sufficient information to address countries’ national sustainable development challenges, and an additional set of national indicators is needed. This is the case also in Finland. The crucial question is the selection of appropriate and relevant national indicators to measure national performance.


WHY: Understanding about the implementation and monitoring of SDG’s is vital in achieving sustainability on global and local levels and accordingly this is an important part of a sustainability experts skills and knowledge. In the event you will learn and discuss SDGs, Finland’s performance and evaluation of SD policies with visiting experts from Bertelsmann foundation and International Institute for Environment and Development.


FOR: Researchers, doctoral students, master students, all other interested. No registration required.



13.00 Welcome by HELSUS and Aalto Sustainability Hub

  • Janna Pietikäinen, Vice dean, Educational affairs, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science
  • Meri Löyttyniemi, Senior Advisor for Sustainability, Aalto University

13.15 Introduction to SDGs and assessing the progress on SDG implementation

  • Sami Pirkkala, Counsellor, Prime Minister’s Office


Evaluation of national sustainable development policies – what is it about and why should countries bother?

  • Stefano D'Errico, International Institute for Environment and Development

Measuring sustainability on country level – what makes it challenging, how to measure spillovers, and how is Finland performing?

  • Dr. Christian Kroll, Bertelsmann Stiftung

14.45 Discussion: Measuring performance – how about SDG´s in higher education?

  • Facilitated by Sami Pirkkala

15.30 End of the seminar


Stefano D'Errico works as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager in the International Institute for Environment and Development. His current work includes, for example, designing and operationalizing the IIED's monitoring evaluation and learning system, leading on the delivery of internal capacity building, strengthening the capacity of projects and programmes to design and implement robust and appropriate MEL plans, supporting project proposal authors in the development of appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems and leading IIED's monitoring and evaluation working group and implementation of its agreed work plan across the organization.

Dr. Christian Kroll works as Senior Expert for Sustainable Development at Bertelsmann Stiftung. Dr. Christian Kroll is the Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index and Dashboards to measure country performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (annual report produced with UN Special Advisor Jeffrey Sachs). He authored numerous articles in scientific journals and policy-oriented reports, including "Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready".

Sami Pirkkala works as a Counsellor on Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda at the Prime Minister’s Office. His main fields of work include national SD monitoring, follow-up and evaluation issues, EU’s sustainable development policy and the further development of national SD governance structures.



HELSUS, University of Helsinki

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science is new cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainability transformations of societies by means of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education.

Aalto Sustainability Hub

The Aalto Sustainability Hub aims to solve the diverse societal challenges through multidisciplinary research and to increase dialogue between different disciplines and social actors. Sustainability Hub brings together researchers from all fields of Aalto University and promotes sustainable development as part of teaching, campus development and other Aalto University activities.

Prime Minister’s Office,


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