Get Involved With Planning SDG Indicators
February 17, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

As of January 1st, 2014, the international community entered the final year to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. These goals will ‘expire’ in 2015, but due to their aspirational nature, 2015 was never supposed to be a hard deadline. Goals like ‘ensuring environmental sustainability’ and ‘promote gender equality’ were never intended to be finished by 2015, but setting a deadline and working to achieve international consensus on a set of goals is thought to have helped mobilize support, financing, and efforts towards some of the greatest challenges of our times.

As 2015 draws closer, the international community is already preparing its next set of goals: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals are not yet fixed, and the UN has been following through on its plan to make the consultation process that surrounds the development of the goals as open and participatory as possible. To this end, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon established the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in August of 2012. The network brings together technical, experiential, and scientific expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in order to tackle sustainable development challenges.

The Network is also involved in the formal SDG process. The Leadership Council of the Network recently released a preliminary draft of its forthcoming report, Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals. The report “presents an integrated framework of 100 indicators for the goals and targets proposed by the SDSN. Drawing on the work of the SDSN Thematic Groups, this indicator report proposes principles and responsibilities for SDG monitoring.” In effect, the final draft of the report will propose how the international community will monitor the progress, the successes, and the failures of the next set of aspirational goals.

Importantly, the Network has opened this draft to public consultation. Until March 14th, 2014, the public is welcome to review the draft and submit critiques or suggestions to the Network. After March 14th, all the comments received will be displayed on the website, and the Network will publish a synthesis of them. Comments must be made using an official form, downloadable here, and should be directed to info@unsdsn.org.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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