SDG Indicators

Global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


The global indicator framework for Sustainable Development Goals was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed upon at the 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held in March 2017.

The global indicator framework was later adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017 and is contained in the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/71/313), Annex. According to the Resolution, the indicator framework will be refined annually and reviewed comprehensively by the Statistical Commission at its fifty-first session in March 2020 and its fifty-sixth session, to be held in 2025. The global indicator framework will be complemented by indicators at the regional and national levels, which will be developed by Member States.

Annual refinements of indicators are included in the indicator framework as they occur. In line with the mandate of the group, the IAEG-SDGs proposed 36 major changes to the framework in the form of replacements, revisions, additions and deletions as part of the 2020 Comprehensive Review, which were approved by the 51st Statistical Commission in March 2020.

The official indicator list below includes the global indicator framework as contained in A/RES/71/313, the refinements agreed by the Statistical Commission at its 49th session in March 2018 (E/CN.3/2018/2, Annex II) and 50th session in March 2019 (E/CN.3/2019/2, Annex II), and the changes from the 2020 Comprehensive Review (E/CN.3/2020/2, Annex II) and annual refinements (E/CN.3/2020/2, Annex III) from the 51st session in March 2020.

The global indicator framework includes 231 unique indicators. Please note that the total number of indicators listed in the global indicator framework of SDG indicators is 247. However, twelve indicators repeat under two or three different targets (see below).

Indicators in the global indicator framework that repeat are the following:

  1. 7.b.1/12.a.1
  2. 8.4.1/12.2.1
  3. 8.4.2/12.2.2
  4. 10.3.1/16.b.1
  5. 10.6.1/16.8.1
  6. 13.2.1/13.b.1 (with a slight amendment)
  7. 15.7.1/15.c.1
  8. 15.a.1/15.b.1
  9. 1.5.1/11.5.1/13.1.1
  10. 1.5.3/11.b.1/13.1.2
  11. 1.5.4/11.b.2/13.1.3
  12. 4.7.1/12.8.1/13.3.1


Global indicator framework adopted by the General Assembly (A/RES/71/313), annual refinements contained in E/CN.3/2018/2 (Annex II), E/CN.3/2019/2 (Annex II), and 2020 Comprehensive Review changes (Annex II) and annual refinements (Annex III) contained in E/CN.3/2020/2.