Update of SDG indicators will help boost global monitoring efforts
The world has 231 measurable indicators tracking progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will help the international community achieve a better world by 2030. As the global statistical community recently convened at the 51st session of the United Nations Statistical Commission on 3-6 March 2020, Member States adopted 36 changes to this SDG indicator framework.
“The update of the indicator framework will give support and a further boost to the SDG monitoring efforts, including by helping ensure that no one is left behind,” UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, said when addressing the Commission.
Indicators related to the goals on nutrition, health, education, inequality, climate action and global partnership saw changes proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). This was the result of its 2020 comprehensive review process. Many Member States congratulated and praised the IAEG-SDGs on this work, which greatly improve the quality of the framework while keeping the same number of indicators as in the original framework adopted in July 2017.
The 2020 comprehensive review aimed to improve the framework, while at the same time providing the necessary guidance to countries in implementing their national frameworks and reporting platforms. The IAEG-SDGs intended to keep changes limited in scope, and the size of the framework the same, in order to avoid imposing additional burden on national statistical work or undermine their on-going efforts based on the established list of indicators.
Following a yearlong open and transparent consultative process with countries, agencies and other stakeholders, the IAEG-SDGs proposed 36 major changes. The revised indicator framework does not include any Tier III indicators, meaning all indicators have established methodologies and have data collection in countries. In addition, the total number of unique indicators in the revised framework is now 231, approximately the same number as in the original framework.
The IAEG-SDGs emphasized that the proposals not included in the revised framework, still have a valuable role to play in the follow-up and review process of the SDGs through national, regional and thematic monitoring and can provide important additional information and complement the global indicator framework.
For more information: Revised global SDG indicator list