Sixth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, 11-14 November, Update 4

Presentation of updated tier system: Tier III indicators re-classified based on advancements in methodology

The following decisions have been made on Tier III indicators, where the methodology is complete, agreed international standards, and metadata and pilot standards are complete. (Those in bold relate to health, gender and / or civil society organizations)

(For update on 5.6.2 please see below)

1.4.2 Proportion of total adult population with secure legal tenure rights… – now Tier II

1.5.4 Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies… -- now Tier II

2.3.1 Volume of production per labour unit by classes… Keep as Tier III as needs additional work…

2.3.2 Average income of small scale food producers, by sex… Keep as Tier III as needs additional work…

2.4.1 Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture – Keep as Tier III as review of results of pilot studies and more testing is necessary…

3.8.1 Coverage of essential health services (defined as the average coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases and service capacity and access, among the general and most disadvantaged population) – Keep as Tier III as 3.b.3 is a component and would have to have agreed methodology before 3.8.1 being upgraded. (See below 3.b.1)

3.b.1 Proportion of the target population covered by all vaccines included in their national programme – IAEG unable to make decision on reclassification due to late receipt of documents. Decision will be made in next couple of weeks

4.1.1 Proportion of children and young people: (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex – Keep (a) as Tier III, needs additional work. (b) and (c) are Tier II

5.5.1 Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments – now Tier II

5.c.1 Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment – now Tier II

5. a. 2 Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights – now Tier II

6.4.1 Change in water-use efficiency over time – now Tier II

7.a.1 International financial flows to developing countries in support of clean energy research and development…now Tier II

9.3.1Proprtion of small-scale industries in total industry value added – now Tier II

9.3.2 Proportion of small-scale industries with a loan or line of credit – now Tier II

10.c.1 Remittance costs as a proportion of the amount remitted – now Tier II

11.3.2 Proportion of cities with a direct participation structure of civil society in urban planning and management that operate regularly and democratically – Keep as Tier III as need updated supporting documents based on completion of methodological development and to be reviewed again in coming weeks

11.7.1 Average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, by sex, age and persons with disabilities -- Keep as Tier III as need updated supporting documents based on completion of methodological development and to be reviewed again in coming weeks

11.a.1 Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city -- Keep as Tier III as need confirmation methodological development is actually complete and to be reviewed again in coming weeks

12.1.1 Number of countries with sustainable consumption and production (SCP) national action plans or SCP mainstreamed as a priority or a target into national policies – now Tier II

12.3.1 Global food loss index –keep as Tier III, as need updated supporting documents based on completion of methodological development; will be reviewed again by IAEG in coming weeks

14.6.1 Progress by countries in the degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing – keep as Tier III as need to conduct more pilot studies and finalist methodology

14.a.1 Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology – now Tier II

14.b.1 Progress by countries in the degree of application of legal/ regulatory/ policy/ institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small-scale fisheries – keep as Tier III as more time need to review methodology and review again in coming weeks

15.3.1 Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area – keep as Tier III awaiting international standard on sub-indicator on land productivity

15.8.1 Proportion of countries adopting relevant national legislation and adequately resourcing the prevention or control of invasive alien species – now Tier II

16.10.1 Number of verified cases of killing, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associated media personnel, trade unionists and human rights advocates in the previous 12 months – now Tier II

17.17.1 Amount of United States dollars committed to public-private and civil society partnerships – keep Tier III as need to develop methodology to measure amount of dollars committed to civil society partnerships. May be divided into two parts via annual refinement

17.18.2 Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics – now Tier II

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Indicator 5.6.2 on sexual and reproductive health and rights

Tapiwa Jhamba, of UNFPA, gave an update on Tier III refined indicator 5.6.2: Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee full and equal access to women and men aged 15 years and older to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education.

An Expert Group reduced the survey questions, proposed by Columbia University, from 180 to 45, and subsequently to 33, covering four SRH domains:

  •  pregnancy and childbirth
  • contraception
  • comprehensive sexuality education & information
  • sexual health & well-being

Work has also been carried out on the methodological development and piloting of the survey tool is being tested in Oct-Nov 2017 in Mexico; Albania; Sri Lanka; Tunesia; Zambia; Nigeria (to be confirmed). 

Following analysis of pilot test results and finalization of survey tool, methodology and scoring formula based on results of pilot tests, the final methodology will be presented to the IAEG-SDGs in March 2018, with a request for Tier reclassification. Data collection will then start on 2018 to obtain baseline data for all countries.

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