What is the SDG Global Indicator Platform?

In September 2015, world leaders came together to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This ambitious agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identify ways in which actors at all levels can align their efforts to address pressing issues such as poverty and hunger and build a prosperous and healthy planet for everyone.

While the 2030 Agenda identifies shared objectives for the international community, it also establishes a framework for assessing efforts to achieve those objectives by 2030. The ways in which the SDGs are to be accomplished are set out in 169 targets. In addition, the framework builds in accountability and measurement through the identification of 232 indicators through which progress on the targets is to be assessed. The SDG Global Indicator Platform is an online data visualization tool that helps users to track progress on the SDGs by reviewing trends based on the indicators.

Key features of the SDG Global Indicator Platform include a dashboard that provides the viewer with an overview for all indicators where data is available, identifies trends for individual nations and enables the user to compare the indicators between nations. Map and graph visualizations also offer an opportunity to quickly view the global status for each indicator.

Where does the data for the SDG Global Indicator Platform come from?

The data found on this portal primarily comes from the United Nations Statistics Division’s Open SDG Data Hub, which compiles datasets from the custodian organizations. This site incorporates approximately 110 indicators. The SDG Global Indicator Platform includes information on each indicator, including the custodian organization, rationale, limitations and data source in the description tabs. We have included additional indicator data where gaps exist and will continue to update the coverage of this site as additional data become available.