Public consultation open on indicators for post-2015 development goals

Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals, a new draft report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Leadership Council, is open for public consultation until 28 March 2014.

The draft report presents an integrated framework of 100 indicators within the framework of the goals and targets proposed last year by the SDSN, which was set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilise scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving. It is directed by Jeffrey Sachs, the Secretary-General’s special advisor on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In June 2013, SDSN published a report titled An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development, which proposed 10 goals with 30 associated targets (three per goal). Drawing on the work of the SDSN Thematic Groups, the current indicator report further proposes principles and responsibilities for sustainable development goal (SDG) monitoring.

The draft report includes a proposal for an indicator of extreme multidimensional poverty. This would be an “MDG continuation” indicator that tracks extreme deprivation in income, food security, health, education, and access to basic infrastructure – the core dimensions of the MDGs in a single indicator. It would complement the more traditional $1.25 a day indicator, which measures income poverty alone.

All indicators are at an early stage, and public comments can be submitted using the comment form or sent via email to

You can read more on the SDSN website here.