On 21 May 2015, the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission, Mr. John Pullinger, addressed the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to provide an update on the process to develop an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the agenda.
Mr. Pullinger expressed his appreciation for the fruitful discussions at the intergovernmental negotiations in March on the issue of indicators, which provided important guidance to the work of the Statistical Commission. He welcomed the support of Member States for the roadmap of the Statistical Commission for the development of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda and the establishment of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)
. This roadmap foresees that a proposal for a global indicator framework (and associated global and universal indicators) to be presented at the next session of the Statistical Commission in March 2016.
Mr. Pullinger also informed on the preparations for the first meeting
of the IAEG-SDGs, which will take place on 1-2 June. In this meeting, experts will discuss technical issues, including interlinkages across targets and data disaggregation, establish the methods of work and agree on the way forward. The group will also discuss indicator proposals for various targets. He reiterated that the IAEG-SDGs will conduct its work in an open, inclusive and transparent manner.
In his statement, Mr. Pullinger re-assured Member States that the development of the global indicator framework will be fully based on goals and targets as presented in the report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG)
and reviewed during these ongoing intergovernmental negotiations and endorsed at the High-level summit in September 2015.
Furthermore, Mr. Pullinger stressed that the effective monitoring of the post-2015 development agenda will be a significant challenge for the national statistical systems, in particular for developing and least developed countries, and that increased efforts to strengthen national statistical capacities will be required. He also pointed out the importance of establishing a global database on global SDG indicators, similar to the database for the MDG indicators
. Such database would greatly facilitate the implementation of the global indicator framework, to ensure the consistency methodologies across countries and regions, and to foster statistical capacity building. It would also contribute to the implementation of national and regional indicators, and allow for an integrated reporting on progress across all goals and targets.
Mr. Pullinger welcomed further political guidance of Member States on the development of the indicator framework and offered to provide further updates on the progress of the work on the indicator framework at the June and July sessions of the intergovernmental negotiations.