SDG Indicators

Metadata repository

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. This repository will be further updated and periodically reviewed in cooperation with the respective data compilers.

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Metadata update process:

Methodology for indicators is expected to update from time to time. For any metadata updates that include significant changes (detailed in the form below), the IAEG-SDGs will review the changes during its member meetings based on the update request form (see below) and track change metadata provided. Custodian agencies will also be invited to attend an upcoming IAEG-SDG member meeting to present on the proposed changes and answer any questions.

As requested by the IAEG-SDGs, custodian agencies must provide their metadata update request documents at least one month in advance of their next scheduled meeting to allow for sufficient time for review. Depending on the time of submission and the next IAEG-SDG member meeting, the timeline for review and approval can span up to 12 weeks or more. Therefore, it is important to provide submissions as soon as they are available. Please note that no data are published in the Global SDG Indicators Database until the corresponding metadata is approved by the IAEG-SDGs.

Please see below the projected stages and timeline.

Global SDG Indicators Database

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To get started, custodian agencies are requested to:

  1. Download the metadata Word file for the indicator from the metadata repository (below) and edit the Word file in track changes to show the requested changes.
  2. Custodian agency downloads and completes the “Metadata update request form” (below) and sends the request package to


Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Target 17.18: By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
  • Indicator 17.18.1: Statistical capacity indicator for Sustainable Development Goal monitoring
      The IAEG-SDGs is currently reviewing a statistical capacity indicator for 17.18.1.
  • Indicator 17.18.2: Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
    • See Metadata : 

  • Indicator 17.18.3: Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding
    • See Metadata :