In March the UN Statistical Commission set up the Interagency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to lead on the development of indicators for the new goals.Last week, the IAEG met for the second time in Bangkok, and the members reached general agreement on 159 of the more than 200 draft indicators for the SDGs. They have color coded the list of draft indicators, marking those on which they reached general agreement green, and those which need additional work grey . This list is available in the documents section of the IAEG-SDGs web page for the Bangkok meeting here. You can also see the statements that we made as civil society on Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Governance) and Goal 1 (End Poverty and Hunger). I will write a separate post on the overall experience of the meeting shortly.
Civil Society Consultation (Now Closed)
The IAEG opened a window of 3 days (Nov 5-7) to submit input just on these 159 green draft indicators marked in green. Thanks to of a few IAEG the agreement that an electronic mechanism was open during three days to stakeholders (civil society, academia and private sector) and observers (non-IAEG member states and representatives of regional commissions and regional and international agencies) and other for final comments on indicators that were coded green prior to the meeting and therefore were not discussed.
Namati submitted the below recommendations on the green indicators. The inputs provided will be considered by the IAEG-SDGs Members in their final phase of preparation of the set of indicators to be submitted to the Statistical Commission. The final decision on the number, type and formulation of the list of indicators will remain with the IAEG-SDGs Members.
Namati’s Postions A lot of the justice targets that we were working on are still in grey meaning that we can not currently provide feedback on these. We will be submitting these recommendations for the following green indicators.
- 16.3.2 change from "Percentage of total remandees or unsentenced detainees who have been held in detention for more than [a defined period] while awaiting trial.” Duration is important for understanding performance, but countries define this differently. We would further note that this indicator, on its own, does not measure the quality of the justice and there are risks that, without a complimentary basket of indicators, it could incentivize speedy trials without due process. The inclusion of an experiential survey indicator for 16.3.1 is thus critical.
- 16.6: Keep and amend to allow for disaggregation “Proportion of population satisfied with their last experience of public services disaggregated by service”
- 16.9: Revise “Percentage of children under 5 whose births have been registered with civil authority” to ensure disaggregation by year under 5. By disaggregating birth registration for children under five by single year age, member states will ensure a more responsive measurement to track 'immediate’ ‘late’ and ‘delayed’ birth registration. NSOs should ensure that the design of household survey modules is suitable to capture non-registered populations, which may require substantial alterations to sampling designs to capture previously unmeasured populations.
- 5.a.: Revise to “Percentage of people with secure rights over rural land (out of total rural population), by sex and type of tenure”; and b) “Share of women among rights-bearers of rural land, by type of tenure”
We have also fed into this open letter to ensure the process going forward remains open to civil society so we can continue to contribute to more robust indicators
Opportunities: What you can do
Reach out to National IAEG Representative: Ongoing While this week will see the green indicators being closed off, there is still time to influence the remaining grey indicators. The best way to do this is to begin working with National Statical Commissions. For a lot of these commissions tracking access to justice will be a new area of work; a lot of them are unsure on the methodology for measuring these goals and there is a role for us to play in helping them to see how justice can be and is already being measured. We have complied resources to help with this which you can see at the bottom of this post.
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The following opportunities have now closed
Feed into the UN consultations: DEADLINE 7 NOV 9.00 AM EST If you agree with the positions that we are submitting please feel free to use our language. If you are making alternative suggestions please share these.
Feed into the Goal 16 response: DEADLINE 6 NOV 8.00PM EST The Transparency Accountability and Participation Network are feeding in a collective position on Goal 16 Green Indicators, please feed in your comments to this Google document to be part of the collective action.
Sign on to the open letter: DEADLINE 5 NOV MIDNIGHT EST Please add your organisations name/logo to the following Google document
Goal 16. TAP Network Inputs for IAEG.docx (1.8 MB) Indicator 5a- Community Land. Comments and Meta Data.doc (34 KB) Open Letter - survey indicators in Goal 16.pdf (365.6 KB) Human Right Indicators.pdf (1.3 MB) Open Letter to the Co-chairs of the United Nations Inter- Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).pdf (154.3 KB) Justice 2015 Indicators.docx (59.0 KB)