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Sustainable Development Goals: 36 changes in global indicator framework

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Sustainable Development Goals: 36 changes in global indicator framework

What to study?

For Prelims: What are SDGs? Key changes approved by UNSC recently.

For Mains: Relevance, need for and significance of these changes.

Context: Thirty-six major changes to the global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were approved and adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), at its 51st session that concluded on March 6, 2020, in New York.

The revised global framework will have 231 indicators, approximately the same number as in the original framework.

These changes are based on the ‘2020 comprehensive review’ conducted by the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).

Key changes:

Eight additional indicators were added across six SDG goals — 2, 3, 4, 10, 13 and 16. These include:

  1. Indicator 13.2.2 on the total greenhouse gas emissions per year for the SDG target 13.2 to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
  2. Prevalence of anaemia in women aged 15-49 years, by pregnancy status (percentage) under the target 2.2 to end forms of malnutrition by 2030.
  3. A new indicator on reducing the percentage of bloodstream infections due to selected antimicrobial-resistant organisms has been added under the Global health goal (SDG 3).
  4. Indicator 10.7.3 on the number of migrants killed while attempting to cross maritime, land and air borders.
  5. Indicator 10.7.4 on the proportion of the population who are refugees, by country of origin.

Six indicators across six SDG goals — 1, 4, 8, 11, 13 and 17 — have been deleted. These include:

  1. Indicator 1.a.1 on the proportion of domestically-generated resources allocated by the government directly to poverty reduction programmes.
  2. Indicator 4.2.1 on the proportion of children under five years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being, by sex.
  3. The portion of the indicator that measures progress for children between 0 and 23 months of age, which is currently in tier III was proposed for deletion by the IAEG.
  4. Under the SDG goal on combating climate change, the indicator 13.3.2, quantifying the number of countries that have communicated the strengthening of capacity-building for implementing adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer, and development actions has been deleted.

Insta Link:

Prelims Link:

  1. SDGs vs MDGs- similarities, differences and time period.
  2. Adoption and administration of these goals.
  3. United Nations Conference on the Human Environment vs Earth Summit.
  4. UNCED vs UNCSD.
  5. Rio+20 vs Agenda 21.
  6. Addis Ababa Action.
  7. Goals related to poverty and environment.
  8. Intended nationally determined contributions (INDC).

Mains Link:

Enumerate the principal goals and targets of Sustainable Development Goals. 


Sources: Down to Earth.