The Role of Regional Governments in the Monitoring of SDGs

Reflections from nrg4SD around the global indicators framework

Although almost two years have already passed after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, a lot still needs to be defined, for example when it comes to the global mechanisms of monitoring and indicators. In order to enable the monitoring of the implementation of the SDGs, the UN established an UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IEAG-SDGs).

Particularly building on the works of the UN Statistical Commission, the IAEG-SDGs has the missions to support an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the global level, and to support their use

IAEG-SDGs has met over four sessions – and the upcoming 5th session will be hold from 28 to 31 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.

Even though it is largely recognized that it will be necessary to ensure indicators and monitoring at the subnational level, the participation of local and regional governments in this process is very limited.

Although a great work is being carried at the global level to define indicators, the ongoing efforts of regional governments should not be excluded. As different monitoring processes are already in practice at the subnational level, these should rather consider how to be improved and further adapted to fulfill the role of monitoring the SDGs.

Based on that, nrg4SD is pleased to launch this paper with reflections on the role and opportunities for regional governments in the monitoring of the SDGs, especially based on a couple interesting experiences.

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