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  1. 1. SDGIs: Proposals and Reflections on the Way Forward Prof. Laszlo Pinter CEU and IISD November 22, 2012 Sustainable Development Assessment: Towards Measurable Goals Asia-Europe Environment Forum Seminar Singapore
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  3. 3. “We need many indicators because we havemany different purposes—but there may beover-arching purposes that transcend nationsand cultures, and therefore there may beoverarching indicators.”(Donella H. Meadows, 1998) 3
  4. 4. Key points• SDGs should be grounded in common values, relevant science, and a conceptual framework and not be data driven• Sustainable development goal indicators (SDGIs) and underlying data are needed for goal and target setting and strong SDG accountability• Developing the SDGIs could be best done in a parallel, but arms length process from the political SDG process• The development of the SDGIs should follow a principles-based approach• The development of SDGIs represents a major opportunity for mainstreaming beyond-GDP thinking into policy 4
  5. 5. The identification of SDGs should not be datadriven, but grounded in common values,relevant science, and a conceptual frameworkthat represents key domains of sustainabledevelopment and interlinkages between thedomains. 5
  6. 6. Source: Pinter, L., K. Zahedi and D. Cressman. (2000) Capacity Building for Integrated Environmental Assessment andReporting. Nairobi: UNEP and IISD. 6
  7. 7. Sustainable development goal indicators (SDGIs)should inform goal and target setting and serveas an important element of the SDGs’governance and accountability mechanism. 7
  8. 8. In order to ensure scientific credibility, objectivity,and timely access to relevant facts and evidence inthe political SDG process, a parallel but arms-lengthinstitutional arrangement and process should be setup from the beginning for the development of theSDGIs.The political SDG and technical SDGI processesshould work iteratively and in close coordination. 8
  9. 9. The development of the SDGIs should follow aprinciples-based approach, such as the BellagioSustainability Assessment and MeasurementPrinciples or BellagioSTAMP developed in amultistakeholder process coordinated by theOECD and IISD. 9
  10. 10. BellagioSTAMP1. Guiding vision2. Essential considerations3. Adequate scope4. Framework and indicators5. Transparency6. Effective communication7. Broad participation8. Continuity and capacity 10
  11. 11. The development of SDGIs represents a majoropportunity for mainstreaming results of theongoing review of the system of nationalaccounts, including the development of a newframework for environmental statistics andsustainability indicators into policy. 11
  12. 12. Post-2015 Development Agenda Planning ImplementationMDGs and Sustainable Development GoalsMDGIs Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring and Indicators Beyond GDP and SNA reform 2012 2015
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