Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda

25 - 26 FEB 2015   New York
Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters

The Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda (EGM) took place on 25 and 26 February 2015 in New York. The 110 participants of the EGM included representatives from 22 countries, 28 agencies, funds and programmes and three United Nations Regional Commissions. Approximately 40 observers from civil society, academia and Permanent Missions to the United Nations also attended the meeting.

The meeting aimed to 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. The discussion focused on the overall process, rather than on indicator proposals in specific areas. Yet, a few individual indicators were reviewed for illustration purposes, informing the discussion.

The conclusions of EGM meeting were provided as a background document to the forty-sixth session of the Statistical Commission the following week, under agenda item 3 (a) Data in support of the post-2015 development agenda (i) Broader measures of progress.

Main points of consensus

  • It is necessary to define an architecture for an integrated monitoring framework which would include global indicators and different levels of regional, national and thematic monitoring;
  • The global level monitoring framework should be limited to a small number of indicators;
  • Such indicators should be selected on the basis of an agreed set of criteria;
  • The initial proposal for indicators to be put forth by the Statistical Commission is expected to be further refined and reviewed by the Commission at its sixty-seventh session, to take place in 2016;
  • A mechanism such as an Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) should be established.
  • It is necessary to ensure national ownership of indicators (including of the estimation process);
  • It is necessary to ensure disaggregation of indicators and to include a human rights dimension to the indicator framework (following the “no one left behind” principle);
  • It is necessary to further strengthen national statistical capacity, including by mobilizing the necessary resources;
  • It is important to draw from existing integrated statistical frameworks;
  • It is important to build on the Millennium Development Goals experience and lessons learnt.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Morning session  9:30am—1:00pm

  • 1Welcome
  • 2Opening
    • -Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs/Statistics Division (UNSD)
  • 3Overview of the roadmap for the development and implementation of an indicator framework for the post 2015 development agenda
    • -Mr. Philippe Cuneo UN Statistical Commission-Friends of the Chair on Broader Measures
    • -Q&A session
  • 4Architecture of the indicator framework

Afternoon session  2:00pm—5:30pm

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Morning session  9:30am—1:00pm

Afternoon session  2:00pm—5:00pm

  • 8Planning the work ahead
    1. Multi-stage process, including initial proposals for indicators
      • -Mr. Luis Gonzales Morales, UNSD
      • -Open discussion
    2. Establishment of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals and its working groups
  • 9Conclusions of the meeting