This is a series of briefing notes for UNICEF regional and country offices on SDG indicators. The first note summarises the development and implementation of the SDG global indicator framework and UNICEF’s role in supporting member states to collect, analyse and report on child-related SDG indicators at national and global levels. Briefing notes 2-15 provide detailed information on child-related global SDG indicators for which UNICEF has been identified as custodian, co-custodian, or supporting agency for the purposes of global reporting. Additional briefing notes may be developed in the future covering other global indicators related to children and cross-cutting issues related to SDG monitoring.
Each country profile provides a stocktaking of the country’s performance against the 44 child-related SDG indicators, and aggregates the results into five dials to provide an overall assessment of child welfare. The countries are assessed using the global targets. They offer a powerful tool for quantifying the scale of the challenge posed by the SDG targets and identifying areas where the most effort is required to reach targets or improve monitoring. The profiles accompany the report “Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era”.
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Over half a billion of the world’s children are effectively uncounted – that is, they live in countries that lack sufficient data to assess performance on at least two-thirds of child-related SDG indicators. For an additional half a billion children, the SDGs appear out of reach – that is, they live in countries that are off-track on at least two-thirds of the child SDG targets for which there are trend data. This interactive data dashboard accompanying the report “Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era” offers a comparative view of these national data points and also showcases all child related indicators in multilingual country profiles.
Two years since world leaders committed to achieving the SDGs, are we on track to achieve the goals for children? Do we even have enough information to know? The report “Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era” assesses the world’s performance to date, focusing on 44 indicators that directly concern 2030’s most important constituency: children.