TA 6. How far have we come?

(TA6.01) Monitoring the SDGs 3 years in: How are we doing?

DP World Hall October 22, 2018 10:30 am - 11:45 am

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Leesha Delatie-Budair
Enrique Ordaz
Robert Ndugwa
Clint Brown
Gatlin Roberts
Gemma Van Halderen

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying sustainable development goals and targets were adopted 3 years ago in September 2015. Even before the 2030 Agenda was adopted, the United Nations Statistical Commission began to work on developing a monitoring framework to measure progress on achieving these goals and targets. This work was spearheaded by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) tasked with developing a global indicator framework. This indicator framework was adopted by ECOSOC and the GA in 2017 and is currently used to monitor progress at the global level on the goals and targets.

Through presentations on the global Sustainable Development Goals report, an examination of how Voluntary National Reviews are being used to monitor progress at the national level, and discussion on thematic monitoring, including monitoring undertaken by civil society organizations and the private sector, this session aims to explore both the global indicator framework and other monitoring frameworks and activities that take place at the regional and national levels and also look at thematic monitoring in an attempt to highlight the different ways progress is being measured and share some of the challenges and achievements over the first 3 years of the 2030 Agenda.

The goal of this session is twofold: first, highlight how far we, as a global statistical community, have come over the last three years in developing these different frameworks to monitor the SDGs while also highlighting some of the challenges and additional work that still needs to take place, and secondly, highlight some areas of significant progress over the same time period in achieving some of the SDGs and also areas that are lagging behind. It is important to remember that without data to monitor progress on achieving the SDGs, we will never achieve these goals because we will not know what areas and populations are lagging behind.