SDG Indicators

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The metadata available in this repository is a work in progress. It reflects the latest reference metadata information provided by the UN System and other international organizations on data and statistics for the Tier I and II indicators in the global indicator framework. Since Tier III indicators are still under methodological development, a link to the webpage that includes all available work plans is being provided. This repository will be further updated and periodically reviewed in cooperation with the respective data compilers.

Note: The recently concluded 51st session of the UN Statistical Commission approved multiple changes to the global indicator framework as included in the 2020 Comprehensive Review conducted by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). Please note that the metadata for these indicators will be finalized shortly. In the meantime, you can find the provisional metadata for all indicators included in the 2020 Comprehensive Review at the following webpage: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/2020-comprev/UNSC-proposal/

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Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Target 15.1: By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
  • Indicator 15.1.1: Forest area as a proportion of total land area
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  • Indicator 15.1.2: Proportion of important sites for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that are covered by protected areas, by ecosystem type
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