Closed consultation

ONS approach to measuring and reporting SDGs in the UK

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The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on ONS’s approach to the measurement and reporting of UK progress against the global indicators that underpin the SDGs.

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Consultation description

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been designed to “leave no one behind” and bring an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The 17 goals agreed at a United Nations Sustainable Development World Summit are the result of over 2 years of intensive consultation. The goals are underpinned by 169 global targets and 244 global indicators, against which each country is required to report progress.

As the UK’s national statistics institute, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for collection, collation, analysis, presentation and dissemination of data for regular monitoring of UK progress against the global indicators. Our role is to preserve transparency and ensure technical rigour in this process. To achieve this, we need robust statistics underpinned by sound methods that reflect national priorities and challenges.

We want to approach these tasks in ways that are meaningful and we need your help to determine the best way to do this. This consultation marks an important step in what we hope will be an ongoing dialogue with you to ensure that our focus and priorities continue to reflect the changing world in which we live.

Published 29 June 2017