Work Plans for Tier III Indicators

This webpage includes all available work plans for global SDG indicators currently categorised as Tier III. These work plans were initially collected via an online consultation and subsequently updated, as necessary, at the request of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) by those international agencies, entities, funds and programmes that are responsible for the methodological development and global compilation of data for these indicators. The webpage will be updated when work plans are received and the date each work plan was uploaded to this website is included at the end of each pdf.

Please note that the work plans have not undergone any editing by UNSD (other than to include the indicator name) and include only information as it was received. Additional information submitted in other formats other than the work plan template format (i.e. annexes, etc.) are provided to the IAEG-SDGs for their consideration, but are not included on this webpage.

Tier III indicators for which no work plan has been received include the following (primarily due to pending custodian agency): 1.a.1, 1.a.3, 1.b.1, 4.5.1 (partial), 8.9.2, 12.a.1, 17.18.1

For any questions regarding these work plans please contact Benjamin Rae ( or Heather Page (

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Last updated: 9 April 2019


Goal 3 : Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Target 3.5
Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
  • 3.5.1 Coverage of treatment interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial and rehabilitation and aftercare services) for substance use disorders
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Goal 4 : Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.2
By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
  • 4.2.1 Proportion of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being, by sex
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Target 4.7
By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
  • 4.7.1 Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development, including gender equality and human rights, are mainstreamed at all levels in: (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment
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Goal 7 : Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Target 7.b
By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
  • 7.b.1 Investments in energy efficiency as a proportion of GDP and the amount of foreign direct investment in financial transfer for infrastructure and technology to sustainable development services
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Goal 11 : Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Target 11.4
Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
  • 11.4.1 Total expenditure (public and private) per capita spent on the preservation, protection and conservation of all cultural and natural heritage, by type of heritage (cultural, natural, mixed and World Heritage Centre designation), level of government (national, regional and local/municipal), type of expenditure (operating expenditure/investment) and type of private funding (donations in kind, private non-profit sector and sponsorship)
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Target 11.7
By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
  • 11.7.2 Proportion of persons victim of physical or sexual harassment, by sex, age, disability status and place of occurrence, in the previous 12 months
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Target 11.a
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
  • 11.a.1 Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city
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Target 11.c
Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
  • 11.c.1 Proportion of financial support to the least developed countries that is allocated to the construction and retrofitting of sustainable, resilient and resource-efficient buildings utilizing local materials
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Goal 12 : Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Target 12.3
By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
Target 12.4
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • 12.4.2 Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment
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Target 12.5
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • 12.5.1 National recycling rate, tons of material recycled
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Target 12.7
Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
  • 12.7.1 Number of countries implementing sustainable public procurement policies and action plans
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Target 12.8
By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
  • 12.8.1 Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development (including climate change education) are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment
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Target 12.b
Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
  • 12.b.1 Number of sustainable tourism strategies or policies and implemented action plans with agreed monitoring and evaluation tools
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Goal 13 : Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Target 13.2
Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 13.2.1 Number of countries that have communicated the establishment or operationalization of an integrated policy/strategy/plan which increases their ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development in a manner that does not threaten food production (including a national adaptation plan, nationally determined contribution, national communication, biennial update report or other)
    ( Goal 13 Information Note )
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Target 13.3
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • 13.3.1 Number of countries that have integrated mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning into primary, secondary and tertiary curricula
    ( Goal 13 Information Note )
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  • 13.3.2 Number of countries that have communicated the strengthening of institutional, systemic and individual capacity-building to implement adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer, and development actions
    ( Goal 13 Information Note )
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Target 13.a
Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
Target 13.b
Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
  • 13.b.1 Number of least developed countries and small island developing States that are receiving specialized support, and amount of support, including finance, technology and capacity-building, for mechanisms for raising capacities for effective climate change-related planning and management, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
    ( Goal 13 Information Note )
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Goal 14 : Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Target 14.1
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
  • 14.1.1 Index of coastal eutrophication and floating plastic debris density
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Target 14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
  • 14.2.1 Proportion of national exclusive economic zones managed using ecosystem-based approaches
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Target 14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of “The future we want”
  • 14.c.1 Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources
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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 15.9
By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
  • 15.9.1 Progress towards national targets established in accordance with Aichi Biodiversity Target 2 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
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Target 15.a
Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems
  • 15.a.1 Official development assistance and public expenditure on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems
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Target 15.b
Mobilize significant resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance such management, including for conservation and reforestation
  • 15.b.1 Official development assistance and public expenditure on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems
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Goal 16 : Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Target 16.4
By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime
  • 16.4.1 Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows (in current United States dollars)
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Goal 17 : Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Target 17.5
Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries
  • 17.5.1 Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries
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Target 17.6
Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
  • 17.6.1 Number of science and/or technology cooperation agreements and programmes between countries, by type of cooperation
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Target 17.7
Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
  • 17.7.1 Total amount of approved funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies
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Target 17.14
Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
  • 17.14.1 Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development
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Target 17.17
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
  • 17.17.1 Amount of United States dollars committed to public-private and civil society partnerships
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