Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals
February 17, 2015  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

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An Expert Group Meeting assembled by the United Nations Statistics Division will meet from February 25th-26th to go over the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The intention of this meeting is to assess the monitoring process employed during the implementation period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire this year.

The Millennium Development Goals Report that was released by the UN in 2014 detailed the need to strengthen statistical systems in order to yield accurate progress. One example stated that at least 41 countries that are estimated to have harbored over 80% of the cases of malaria have statistical systems that produce incomplete or inconsistent data. This type of disparity affects the degree in which effective policies can be created, and discredits some of the evidence of improvements with the MDGs. Moving forward with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intended to go into effect next year, the challenge will remain to foster widespread and effective data monitoring systems. The goal of the expert meeting is to develop a systematic framework, timeline, and quantitative targets for the overall indicators that have been proposed for the SDGs.

The results of this meeting will also contribute to the agenda of the forty-sixth session of the Statistical Commission from March 3rd-6th. Experts there will also examine whether the development of an Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG) would be pivotal to successful implementation and monitoring of these new goals. Both meetings will occur at the UN Headquarters in New York, and will be attended by indicator development experts, as well as scholars from international and regional organizations.

To learn more about the current MDGs, click on the link here.

About the Author :

Jacey Taft graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in August 2014. She is currently working as a research assistant for the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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