IAEG-SDGs

Data Disaggregation for the SDG Indicators



The IAEG-SDGs developed a background document that was submitted to the 50th session of UNSC that included a compilation of all of the categories and dimensions of data disaggregation currently in place and planned by custodian agencies and the policy priorities concerning the most vulnerable population groups (including, for instance, people with disability, migrants, refugees and older people).

In its decision 47/101 (para. (n)), the United Nations Statistical Commission agreed that improving data disaggregation is fundamental for the full implementation of the indicator framework and stressed that efforts should be made to develop the necessary statistical standards and tools, including by establishing a working group to work on data disaggregation as a subgroup of the IAEG-SDGs. The IAEG-SDGs responded to this request by creating a dedicated work stream on data disaggregation and set out to define and compile the necessary standards and tools for disaggregating data.

In its decision 48/101 (para. (j)), the United Nation Statistical Commission welcomed the work stream on data disaggregation to respond to the aim of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that no one will be left behind. The IAEG-SDGs developed a minimum disaggregation set that included all disaggregation dimensions specifically mentioned in the target or indicator name and continued to work on compiling a more comprehensive summary of disaggregation standards that currently exist for all SDG indicators.

In its decision 49/101 (e), the Statistical Commission requested the IAEG-SDGs to clearly determine the dimensions and categories of data disaggregation required for the indicators in the framework, keeping in mind the resources needed and the key principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of no one left behind. The IAEG-SDGs developed a background document that was submitted to the 50th session of UNSC that included a compilation of all of the categories and dimensions of data disaggregation currently in place and planned by custodian agencies. A series expert group meetings and other events were organized that contributed to this work and served as valuable inputs to the work on disaggregation of the IAEG-SDGs.

While the background document to the 50th session of UNSC provides a summary of this work, some of data disaggregation tables and some other inputs were too expansive to include in the document itself and those inputs and tables can be found below:

  1. "Compilation on Data Disaggregation Dimensions and Categories for Global SDG Indicators", (serves as Annex I to the Background Document on Data Disaggregation to the 50th session of UNSC)”, prepared by the IAEG-SDGs and including all current and future planned data disaggregation dimensions and categories, 2019 (XLSX)

  2. "Summary of Disaggregation Dimensions and Categories Available and Planned in Global SDG Indicator Database", (serves as Annex II to the Background Document on Data Disaggregation to the 50th session of UNSC), prepared by the IAEG-SDGs, 2019 (XLSX)

  3. "Policy Priorities Inputs compilation", compiled by the IAEG-SDGs, 2019 (ZIP)

  4. "Overview of Standards for Data Disaggregation", prepared by the IAEG-SDGs, 2018. (PDF)

  5. "Summary of IAEG-SDGs working meeting on data disaggregationSummary of IAEG-SDGs working meeting on data disaggregation", IAEG-SDGs, 2018. (PDF)