Expert Group Meeting on

The indicator framework for the post-2015 development

25-26 February 2015
Venue: Conference Room 3 (CB)
United Nations, New York


The meeting will discuss the organization of work and the key elements and principles for the development and design of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda.  While the discussion will focus on the overall process and will not cover indicator proposals in specific areas, a few individual indicators will be reviewed for illustration.

The discussions on the various issues will be informed by dedicated sections on lessons learned from the MDG monitoring, and by examples of proposed indicators in different SDG areas.

Context and background

At its forty-sixth session, the Statistical Commission will consider the report of the Friends of the Chair group on broader measures of progress (E/CN.3/2014/2), which presents a roadmap for the development and implementation of an indicator and monitoring framework for the post-2015 development agenda and suggests the establishment of an Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDG), tasked to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Statistical Commission has been requested by the Co-facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to prepare an initial proposal for an effective indicator framework that is measurable to be provided in advance of the intergovernmental meeting of 23-27 March 2015. A final proposal is expected to be provided towards the end of 2015, once the development agenda has been agreed.

Participants (Logistics Information and New York Resource Guide including information on hotels )

Representatives of Member States and specialized agencies and UN entities with expertise in development indicators and monitoring are invited to attend and contribute to this meeting. Statistical experts from civil society, academia and the private sector may attend as observers.

Substantive issues

  • Developing a framework of global indicators
  • The multi-stage process of developing an indicator framework
  • The development of an architecture for the indicator framework
  • Criteria for indicator selection and setting quantitative targets
  • Outcome

    The meeting is expected to agree on suggestions for the organization of work on the indicator framework, criteria for indicator selection and comments on numerical target setting. Those will be provided as an input for the discussion at the forty-sixth session of the Statistical Commission the following week (3-6March) for the preparation of its proposals to the intergovernmental process on post-2015.


    United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

    Agenda and Background documents
    Please note that all materials below are working papers and not formal documents agreed or adopted by respective governing bodies. They do not reflect the views of the United Nations.

    Concept note
    Provisional agenda
    Report of EGM-post2015 and List of Participants

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015
    Morning Session, 9:30 AM - 1 PM:
    Introduction of the meeting
    Overview of the roadmap for the development and implementation of an indicator framework for the post 2015 development agenda
      - Mr. Philippe Cuneo, United Nations Statistical Commission - Friends of the Chair on broader measures, presentation
    Architecture of the indicator framework
      - Mr. David O’Connor for Division for Sustainable Development, background document, presentation
      - Mr. Matthias Reister, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), background note , background note , presentation
      - Ms. Ola Awad Shakhshir, State of Palestine, presentation
      - Ms. Tiina Luigi, Economic Commission for Europe, background note
    Afternoon Session, 2 PM – 5:30 PM:
    Lessons learned from MDG Monitoring and the way forward
      - Mr. Neil Fantom, World Bank for Inter-Agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), background note , presentation
      - Ms. Holly Newby, UNICEF for IAEG on MDGs, presentation
      - Ms. Lisa Bersales, Philippines, presentation
      - Ms. Mary Wanyonyi, Kenya, presentation
      - Mr. Daniel Taccari, Economic Commission for Latin America and The Caribbean, presentation
    Examples of suggested indicators by thematic and global monitoring groups
      a. Voices from academia and civil society: Sustainable Development Solution Network, background note , background document, presentation
      b. Indicator on Health: Mr. Ties Boerma, WHO, background note , presentation
    and Ms. Philomena Efua Nyarko, Ghana
    , background note , background note , presentation
      c. Indicator on Education: Ms. Alison Kennedy, UNESCO Institute for Statistics , background note , presentation
    and Mr. Krishna Kumar, India
      d. Indicator on Gender equality: Ms. Claudia Cappa, Unicef, background note , presentation
    and Ms. Norah Madaya, Uganda
    , background note

    Thursday, 26 February 2015
    Morning Session, 9:30 AM - 1 PM:
    Examples of suggested indicators by thematic and global monitoring groups (continued)
      e. Indicator on decent work: Mr. Rafael Diez de Medina, International Labour Organization, background document, presentation
    and Ms. Lucia Spoiala, Moldova
      f. Indicator on human settlement: Mr. Eduardo Moreno, UN Habitat, background note
    and Mr. Pali Lehohla, South Africa,
      g. Indicator on sustainable industrialization and innovation:
    Mr. Shyam Upadhyaya, United Nations Industrial Development Organization,
    background note , background note , presentation
    and Ms. Viveka Palm, Sweden
      h. Indicator on governance:
    Ms. Angela Me, UNODC with Mr. Henk-Jan Brinkman, Peacebuilding Support Office, presentation
    and Ms. Badamtsetseg Batjargal, Mongolia
    , background note
    Criteria for the selection of indicators and principles for operationalizing target monitoring, Background note
      a. Selection of indicators for global monitoring: an overview: Ms. Fabia Yazaki, UNSD, presentation
      b. Examples of selection of key indicators:
    Mr. Pietro Gennari, Food and Agriculture Organization,
    background note , presentation
    Ms. Ludgarde Coppens, UNEP,
    background note , presentation
    Mr. Rifat Hossain, World Health Organization
    , background note , presentation

    Elements of data disaggregation:
    Ms. Linda Hooper, UNSD, background note , presentation
    and Mr. Atilla Hancioglu, Unicef
    , presentation
    background note , background note

      d. Operationalizing target monitoring: Ms. Yongyi Min, UNSD, presentation
    Afternoon Session, 2 PM – 5:00 PM:
    Planning the work ahead
      a. Multi-stage process, including initial proposals for indicators: Mr. Luis Gonzales Morales, UNSD
      b. Establishment of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals and its working groups: Mr. Luis Gonzales Morales, presentation
    Conclusions of the meeting
      Report of EGM-post2015 and List of Participants
    Additional Material
      - Background note by WMO-UNFCCC- proposal on CC indicators
      - Background note by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development-Joint proposal of ICT indicators for SDG indicator framework,
      - Background note 1 by Statistics Netherland
      - Background note 2 by Statistics Netherlands-Measuring SD in RIO+20
      - Background note by Statistics Sweden- Using the right environmental indicators
      - Background note by OHCHR- Statistics and Human Rights
      - Background note by UNEP - Design and development of integrated indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals
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