Fifth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

28 - 31 Mar 2017   Ottawa, Canada
Statistics Canada

The fifth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), will be held from 28 to 31 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting will be hosted by Statistics Canada.

This meeting will follow the same format as the 4th IAEG-SDG meeting, with a Members meeting taking place during the first two days (28 - 29 March) and a Plenary Session taking place during the second two days (30 - 31 March). During the plenary session, all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.

The IAEG-SDGs was established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the global level, and to support its implementation.

Meeting objectives

  • Present the updated tier system
  • Discuss the role of custodian agencies
  • Discuss the strategy to address those indicators that remain without a custodian agency and/or a work plan
  • Review work plans for tier III indicators and the proposals for new concepts and definitions and develop a mechanism to ensure completion of work
  • Present the IAEG-SDG work plan on data disaggregation
  • Present the timeline for finalizing the proposals on possible additional indicators

Resources for participants

  • List of Participants (PDF)
  • Plenary Session - Provisional Agenda (PDF)
  • Information note (PDF)

Outcome Documents

Background Documents

  • Tier Classification for Global SDG Indicators (as of 21 December 2016) (PDF)
  • Work Plans for Tier III Indicators (as of 3 March 2017) (PDF)
  • Work of the UN Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Draft Resolution as of 10 March 2017) (PDF)
  • Report of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (E/CN.3/2017/2) (PDF)
  • Update on the work of the High-level Group for Partnership,Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Cape Town Global Action Plan) (PDF)
  • Main points from the High Level Forum on Official Statistics:'Working together to measure progress towards the SDGs' (PDF)
  • Tier III Fast Track Requests (as of 13 March 2017) (PDF)


  • Agenda item 2:

  • Update on the outcomes of the 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission, including the draft resolution adopted by the Statistical Commission and decisions related to the IAEG-SDGs (PDF)

  • Agenda item 3:

  • Update on the outcome of the First United Nations World Data Forum and the work of the High-Level group for partnership, coordination and capacity-building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (PDF)

  • Agenda item 4. Updates on the work of the three working groups of the IAEG-SDGs:

  • SDMX (PDF)
  • Geo-spatial information (PDF)
  • Interlinkages (PDF)

  • Agenda item 5:

  • Presentation of the updated tier system (Refinement indicators, Sendai and fast track) (PDF)

  • Agenda item 7. Guidelines on data flows and global

  • Review of outcomes from the High Level Forum on Official Statistics at the 48th session of the Statistical Commission, entitled Working together to measure progress towards the SDGs (PDF)
  • Development of guiding principles and practices on how custodian agencies and countries can work together to contribute to the data flows necessary to have harmonized statistics (PDF)

  • Agenda item 8:

  • Criteria for tier re-classification (PDF)
  • Proposal by UNIDO for new concept and definition (PDF)

  • Agenda item 10:

  • Review of Tier III work plans (PDF)

  • Agenda item 11:

  • Presentation on the use of household surveys for collecting data for SDG indicators (ILO) (PDF)

  • Agenda item 12, 14:

  • Data disaggregation (PDF)

  • Agenda item 15:

  • Preparation of a proposal for additional indicators and other changes for the 2020 Comprehensive Review (PDF)

  • Agenda item 16:

  • Work plan and next steps (PDF)


  • Opening Remarks by Mr. Anil Arora, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada (PDF)
  • Joint statement by WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (PDF)
  • Private sector statements (PDF), (PDF)