The 2018 Lombardy Report marks a key point between the first report in 2017 and its development going forward, from 2019.
The first report marked a new way of looking at Lombardy, through the lens of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
The focus was very much on comparing the region with OECD countries using a slightly restrictive series of indicators.
In 2019, the Report will form the basis for regional planning, taking into account the subregional level and using data that is not always comparable across OECD nations.
In 2018, the aim has been to keep sight of this trend, giving due importance to the so-called "Regional Directions" that guide policy content, while providing the updated figures from the previous report - although such figures do not seem to have shifted substantially.
The Lombardy Report is not merely addressed to regional bodies, but to all private and public entities that play a part in the development of Lombardy, whether this be through projects, partnerships or peripheral decisions.
(From the Presentation, by Prof. Leonida Miglio, Chair PoliS-Lombardia)
This document contains the key details from the 2018 Lombardy Report
For each UN 2030 Goal, there is a short summary of the chapter and an indication of how Lombardy stands in relation to the 21 EU countries in the OECD. The figures come from Eurostat data from October 2018 and from Lombardy's performance over time, as determined using a series of specifically created indicators, indices and ratios.
The Lombardy Report is specifically designed to increasingly provide the benchmark for sustainability issues, offering policy insight that local entities and parties should or could adopt in the coming years because of the international commitments made by Italy.
In 2019, the regional government will have to produce its regional sustainable development strategy, which effectively takes the UN's 2030 Goals and translates them to a regional level, especially as these have already been adopted nationally through the country's Sustainable Development Strategy.
Lombardy's position as the leading Italian region means it has to guide this process, creating a pathway that other regional governments can follow and local entities can use, particularly since the concrete implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda will depend on such things.
(From the Introduction by Armando De Crinito, Scientific Director, Deputy General Director and Manager of the Organizational Unit for Research)