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Indicators the next big issue to address

As it is becoming clear that the sustainable development goals and targets are not going to change - maybe a little technical proofing - but otherwise what was agreed last August will stand.

The next big issue for many groups is what will the indicators for the targets be and how will they be decided?

For work on the indicators stakeholders now have to become knowledgeable of the workings of the UN Statistical Commission. A Commission that has 24 members made up of national statistical offices in the member countries. My understanding last year only one stakeholder attending the meeting of the Commission - this year  would expect many many more.

So what do you need to be aware of when preparing for the Commission meeting? First though the meeting starts on the 2nd of March in fact it will be informally starting from the 25th of February.

25-26th February: Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post 2015 development agenda
26th February: CR.B  from 13.15 – 14.45. indicators on RTI and FOE
27th February: The development of an indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda: 

Other side events can be found here.

The critical document to read is the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress the important para is 36d:
"Express its views and endorse the road map and recommendations to carry the work forward, in particular the terms of reference for the proposed Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal indicators contained in annex I, the terms of reference of the proposed High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring (High-Level Group for post-2015 monitoring) contained in annex II and the terms of reference of the proposed World Forum on Sustainable Development Data contained in annex III;"

Following that look at Annex 1 for participation in the Expert Group. The language if agreed is very positive for the involvement of stakeholders.

The indicators will be reviewed in the  SDG process will have its first discussion in the March meeting of the post 2015 process.

"It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right or wrong." Jeremy Bentham


  1. Great to hear that the SDGs and their targets will most likely not change! on the indicators, let's start with proxies, and over the course of the SGDs pick up the best indicators with the advancement in Sci & tech. Once challenged, science will find means to measure the immeasurable! We should not risk it under "measurement readiness" excuse!


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