Indicators, Data Revolution & Monitoring Framework
Behind every target are indicators. Building upon its expert and practitioner-led task force approach for the elaboration of targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Communitas Coalition is actively engaging with UN Member States, agencies, and Major Groups and other Stakeholders on: (i) Crafting proposals for urban sustainability indicators and monitoring frameworks for the SDG on Cities and Human Settlements and relevant targets under the other SDGs and conducting public consultations on proposals for urban sustainability indicators and monitoring frameworks; (ii) Contributing to the territorial dimension of the Data Revolution and facilitating a technical dialogue on the opportunities and challenges for using geospatial technologies to benchmark and measure performance in sustainability at multiple scales, as well as for their integration into national census and other statistical or data collection systems; (iii) Sustaining multi-stakeholder advocacy into the implementation, monitoring, and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Communitas is developing this technical work in support of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG) that was established by the 46th UN Statistical Commission in March 2015 to craft an indicator framework for the SDGs.
Technical Seminar on Indicators, Geospatial Technology, and Disaggregation for SDG 11 and its Linkages with other SDGs
H.E. Magnus Lennartsson
Dr. Shlomo Angel
Dr. Eugenie Birch
What key trends are currently monitored at the international, National and subnational levels?
Dr. Eduardo Lopez Moreno
Dr. Martino Pesaresi
Communitas Consultation on Urban Sustainability Indicators
The SDG on Cities and Human Settlements has brought to the fore the operational challenge of building a multi-scalar metric framework to enable monitoring of the SDGs at the appropriate level of action. To this end, the Communitas Coalition and the wider #UrbanSDG Campaign have suggested a minimal set of ‘universal’ national indicators that will be reported globally, plus a set of supplementary indicators that could be reported at the national, regional, and subnational and local levels as considered appropriate by each UN Member State (in consultation with its National Statistical Office and subnational and local governments) to support subnational and local action and monitoring on the SDGs.
The Communitas Coalition recognizes that building an effective multi-scalar goal, target and indicator framework for sustainable cities and human settlements will require regular review and fine-tuning. As a result, during this pivotal stage, we are conducting open consultations on indicators. Share your input on indicators for the SDG on Cities and Human Settlements at this pivotal stage towards the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals in September!
In parallel, the Communitas Coalition in its capacity as Associate Partner of the World Urban Campaign compiled an Indicator Bank pointing to the wide range of possible measurements for the SDG on Cities and Human Settlements. Cumulatively, these efforts set the stage for a stock taking of SDG indicators in January 2015, prior to the beginning of the Intergovernmental Negotiations towards the Post 2015 development agenda.
Communitas active actor of the #UrbanSDG Campaign work on indicators
In parallel, following the meeting in Bangalore, the Communitas Secretariat submitted an official response to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) in response to its draft report, “Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals”.