How much did Serbia progress in implementing Agenda 2030?

Serbia has made significant progress in reducing extreme poverty and has achieved notable advancements in mitigating the risk of poverty. Although progress is recorded for both the male and female populations, a gender gap favouring men is present, according to data published by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia in its report “Progress Report on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in the Republic of Serbia.”

Nearly nine years ago, in September 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda, which represents a vision of sustainable development and a better, more stable, and safer life for all. The agenda contains short-term and long-term goals and sub-goals in the economic, social, and environmental spheres.

“Progress is particularly significant among young male populations (18-24 years), but there is a deviation from the goal among the elderly population (65+), especially older men, as well as women who can be categorized by age as older working-age individuals (55-64 years). Significant progress in reducing poverty is also visible due to the decline in the rate of risk of poverty or social exclusion, but older men (65+) are at risk of being excluded from these development processes,” notes the Statistical Office.

However, significant deviation from the goal has been registered in the mobilization of resources for the implementation of poverty eradication policies. While more is allocated for healthcare, allocations for social protection are decreasing. Additionally, significant deviation from the goal is noted regarding food insecurity among the adult population, due to an increase in the proportion of individuals facing both moderate and severe food insecurity among both the female and male populations.


Significant deviation from the goal has been recorded regarding state allocations for agriculture. Progress is being made in the preservation of the genetic diversity of seeds, plants, and animals. However, different indicators point to varying trends within this overall positive trajectory. While moderate progress is noted in the number of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture secured in medium-term or long-term conservation facilities, there are currently no secured animal resources. At the same time, significant progress is being made in the share of local breeds classified as endangered from extinction.


Regarding the sub-goal that envisions universal access to electricity, data shows that almost the entire population has access to electricity. Significant progress is recorded in terms of the population living in Roma settlements.

Significant progress has also been recorded in increasing the share of energy from renewable sources in the total final energy consumption.

Employment and population’s income

Moderate progress is being recorded in relation to the sub-goal that envisions maintaining positive economic growth. Following the period from 2018 to 2020, when there was a significant reduction in informal employment within total employment, contributing to notable progress in achieving the sub-goal of promoting development-oriented policies and creating decent jobs, a period of stagnation occurred from 2021 to 2022. These positive processes did not include women employed in agriculture, where a slight negative trend is recorded.

Significant progress has been made in reducing the share of young people who are neither employed nor in the process of education.

Also, substantial progress has been made regarding the growth of disposable income per capita, both for the overall population and for the bottom 40 percent of the population by income.

(, 26.06.2024)

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