Working Group on SDMX

SDG Data Structure Definition and SDMX API

SDG DSD v1.17 was released on 28 Mar 2024.

Manuals and other materials on this page were updated in Oct 2021. Please see below for details.

The SDG Data Structure Definition and related materials can be downloaded using the links below.

  • SDG DSD: This is the DSD in the SDMX-ML format, downloadable from the SDMX Global Registry
  • SDG Series Content Constraints Matrix. This is an Excel representation of series-level content constraints, which shows supported disaggregation for SDG series.
  • SDG Dataflows and Content Constraints. As of v1.7, both cube region and keyset (series-level) content constraints are published for the SDG dataflows.
  • SDG DSD Matrix: This is an Excel representation of the DSD. As of v1.1, the spreadsheet is implemented with the SDMX Matrix Generator tool, and can be used to customize and generate the DSD in the SDMX-ML format.
  • Guidelines for use of the Global SDG DSD: This document contains additional information about the DSD and guidelines for its usage. Updated 20 Dec 2021
  • Guidelines for the customization of the Global SDG DSD: This document contains information and recommendations on customization of the global SDG DSD for national use. (Updated 8 Oct 2021)


The SDG Global Database is available at the UNSD SDMX Web Service. Please use the manual below for details on how to access the SDMX API. The SDMX API can also be queried via the UNdata SDMX Browser. Updated 8 Oct 2021.

SDMX-SDGs Working Group

To facilitate the development of SDMX-based data and metadata exchange formats for SDG Indicators, a Working Group was established by IAEG-SDGs. Details on the terms of reference for the working group can be found here

Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) is a standard sponsored by seven international organizations (BIS, ECB, Eurostat, OECD, IMF, UN, and WB). It was endorsed by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2008 as a preferred standard for data exchange, and was approved as an ISO standard (ISO/IS 17369:2013). It has been successfully used for data exchange and dissemination in areas such as Macro-Economic Statistics, International Merchandise Trade, and others including MDG indicators.

The purpose of the Working Group is to develop one or more global Data Structure Definitions (DSDs), specifying a uniform structure(s) and concept definitions for the transmission and dissemination of Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (SDGs), and to develop a Metadata Structure Definition (MSD) for the transmission of SDGs reference metadata.

The resulting global DSD and MSD for SDGs (further referred to as SDMX structures) will be made available through the SDMX Global Registry (SGR), and are expected to be adopted by those countries and international and regional organizations implementing the SDMX standard for the collection and/or dissemination of official SDGs data and metadata.

The SDMX Structures will support the transmission of all indicators and their disaggregation, as approved by the United Nations Statistical Commission.

The official SDG DSD v1.0 was released on 14 June 2019. New versions of the DSD are updated and published at this page and the SDMX Global Registry up to four times per year.