The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the guiding framework for international development until 2030 and are intended to provide a reference for setting national policy priorities.
This unique, searchable database provides a snapshot of what those national priorities are. Users can compare existing national targets with the ambition of the SDGs. We intend this to be a living document, supplemented and kept up to date by crowdsourcing, and we encourage others to send us new information on national goals to update the tracker.
We intend this to be a living document, supplemented and kept up to date by crowdsourcing, and we encourage others to send us new information on national goals to update the tracker.
We hope this will be a useful contribution as the SDGs move from the negotiation to the implementation phase.
Please send any new information on national level targets in any of the areas covered by the SDGs to email@example.com
The information currently in the database is based on a review of existing national targets, or policy commitments, towards 11 selected SDGs, in 75 countries. The gap between national targets and likely global targets was calculated for 13 indicators, relating to eight goals.
• Unsurprisingly, the level of stretch beyond current levels of political ambition that will be required of low-income countries (LICs) to achieve most of the SDGs is greater than for middle- and high income countries. For LICs the biggest political stretch will be in targets for pre-primary education and secondary education completion. For MICs, the improved sanitation and access to electricity require the greatest political stretch. And for HICs, it will be renewable energy.
• The majority of national targets identified (52%) are for the period after 2015. Governments may wait for these to expire before setting national SDG targets. Countries’ national post-2015 goals and targets, and their review, will most likely be aligned with their national policy-making and planning processes.
• Governments currently articulate and measure their development objectives using a wide range of metrics. Common indicators, differentiated for example by country income groups, would enable comparisons to be made across countries.
To read the full report analysing the data click here.
Goals and targets: The review of national targets covered 11 assumed goal areas, and 62 targets and indicators. These assumptions were compared and found to be consistent with the SDGs proposal from the Open Working Group.
Indicators: The dataset includes information about quantifiable national targets, or policy commitments, for 13 indicators. Information for a total of 62 indicators was collected. The remaining data will be made available here in the near future.
Sources: The information in the dataset is drawn from publicly available sources. The main ones were national plans and development strategies, sector plans, and reports to international organisations, such as national MDG reports. Sources can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
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