What is it about?
In this Paper we suggest a framework to analyze the data related to the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (SDG) to assess the situation, as pictured by the latest available data, and whether the 17 Goals and 169 targets set by the Agenda for Sustainable Development will be achieved by the end of 2030.
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Why is it important?
Five years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, is becoming more and more pressing the demand of governments, donors and international organizations to assess whether the established SDG targets will be achieved or not. To meet this demand, various methodological approaches have been developed by some leading regional/international agencies. The paper takes stock from the various experiences in this field to propose a unified coherent approach for progress and status assessments that can serve as common basis for international organizations as well national authorities willing to conduct a comparable assessment of the SDG data. The proposed approach does not aim to be seen as the best possible approach, rather to be considered a good compromise solution, easy to apply, given the main constraints and limitations of the indicators, which has the objective of increasing the comparability and coherence of the monitoring exercises carried out at national or international levels.
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This page is a summary of: A statistical approach for assessing progress towards the SDG targets, Statistical Journal of the IAOS, November 2020, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/sji-200688.
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FAO's website on the Sustainable Development Goals
The success of the Sustainable Development Goals rests to a large extent on an effective monitoring, review and follow-up process. The 2030 Agenda sets in place a global reporting structure that includes inputs at local, national, regional levels and culminates in the UN High-Level Political Forum. SDG indicators are the foundation of this new global framework for mutual accountability. Mandated by the UN General Assembly, the UN Statistical Commission identified in March 2016 a global indicator framework comprising 230 indicators to monitor the SDGs’ 169 targets. Reflecting Agenda 2030’s guiding principle of “leaving no one behind”, indicators are set to be disaggregated by gender, age, income, geography, occupation and other aspects of social identity.
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