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This week in #SDGs counting- June 9th, 2017

Our roundup of what we’ve found and what we’ve been reading this week.

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This week we’re reporting on big events for the Sustainable Development Goals and the global indicator framework.

ECOSOC adopts the SDG global indicator framework

On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, the UN Economic and Social Council formally adopted the global indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs at their Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM). The framework was presented by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators at the 48th UN Statistical Commission in March 2017. The framework has one more step to go before full adoption, and will be presented to the UN General Assembly for adoption later this year.

This consensus on the monitoring mechanisms of the Global Goals is a big step toward global reporting. Review and refinements of individual indicators and of the framework as a whole will continue through 2030.

2nd SDG Progress Report issued by the UN Secretary General

Released ahead of the High Level Political Forum, the second SDG Progress Report reports on selected indicators from the global indicator framework for which data was available. This annual progress report gathers data from countries and international agencies to provide an overview of progress on goals and targets, and may include global estimates and adjustments for international comparability.

A few snapshots of 2016 and 2017 data include:

  • In 2016, just under 10 per cent of the world’s workers were living with their families on less than $1.90 per person per day, down from 28% in 2000. In the least developed countries, nearly 38% of workers in 2016 were living below the poverty line.
  • Preliminary data show that in 2016, only 45 % of the world’s population was effectively protected by a social protection system and that coverage varied widely across countries and regions.
  • Globally, the child stunting rate fell from 33% in 2000 to 23% in 2016.
  • In 2016, 4.7 million samples of seeds and other plant genetic material for food and agriculture were preserved in 602 gene banks throughout 82 countries and 14 regional and international centers— a 2% increase since 2014.
  • Globally, women’s participation in single or lower houses of national parliaments reached 23.4% in 2017, just 10 percentage points higher than in 2000.
  • A 2016-2017 survey found that over 80% of 74 responding countries had clearly defined procedures for engaging service users/communities in water and sanitation management.
  • As of April 20th 2017, seven developing countries successfully completed and submitted the first iteration of their national adaptation plans, in response to climate change.

As for data and monitoring updates:

  • More than half of the countries or areas (81 of 154 countries) for which information is available were implementing national statistical plans in 2016. However, only 37 of 83 countries or areas with pertinent data had national statistical legislation in place that complied with all 10 Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.
  • In 2014, developing countries received $338 million in financial support for statistics. While that amount represented an increase of nearly 2.9% from 2010, it accounted for only 0.18 per cent of total ODA. In order to meet the data requirements of the SDGs, developing countries will need an estimated $1 billion in statistical support annually from domestic and donor sources.
  • Population and housing censuses are a primary source of disaggregated data needed to formulate, implement and monitor development policies and programmes. During the 10-year period from 2007 to 2016, 89% of countries or areas around the world conducted at least one population and housing census, while 25 countries or areas did not have such a fundamental data source.
  • During the period from 2010 to 2015, more than half (56% of the world’s countries or areas (138 of 246 countries) had birth registration data that were at least 90% complete. During the same period, 59% of countries or areas had death registration data that were at least 75% complete.

We also continued to update our stories on SDG indicators this week, showing 2017 updated indicators side by side with the previous versions from last year’s High Level Political Forum.



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