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Color Coding the SDG Indicators

If you have been following the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) you know that under each goal is a list of “targets” that address different aspects of the goal, then under each target will be a list of “indicators,” or ways that targets can be measured. While the SDGs and their targets were approved in September, the indicators are still under construction. At the recent meeting of the Interagency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) in Bangkok, the members reached general agreement on 159 of the more than 200 draft indicators for the SDGs. They color-coded the list of draft indicators, marking those on which they reached general agreement green, and those which need additional work yellow or grey. For three days in November, the IAEG SDG allowed the rest of the world to give electronic comments on the green indicators. The input provided then will be considered in the final phase of preparation of the set of indicators to be submitted to the UN Statistical Commission.