This week in #SDGs counting- May 19th, 2017

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

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1.The International Institute for Sustainable Development SDG Knowledge Hub published a detailed write-up of the last meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), which occurred in March of this year. An interested read, the article also clarifies ECOSOC’s plan for potentially adopting the global indicator framework that was adopted by the UN Statistical Commission earlier this year: ECOSOC hopes to review the document at its next Coordination and Management meeting, scheduled for June 7–9. From there, the framework will be reviewed at the General Assembly’s 72nd session beginning this fall.

2. We’ve continued updating indicators from the series we wrote in July 2016. See what changes have been made to Goal 4, Goal 5, and Goal 6 in the past year, with changes compared side-by-side to previous indicators.

3. The focus this week was strongly on technology and the SDGs, both for using Big Data and telecommunications to monitor targets as well as how the UN can support technology capacity building. Held this week in Hyderabad, India, the ICT4D Conference highlighted how the private sector, civil society, and local government could use and are using technology to track the Global Goals and improve service delivery. The UN side of monitoring also was focused on technology, hosting the 2nd Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum). The STI Forum was covered extensively by the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services, as well as broadcast live on UN Web TV. While the ICT4D Conference was not broadcast live, Twitter has been the most helpful for following along, and we are looking forward to seeing articles and possibly video released in the coming days.

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