Update on the revised global SDG indicators

The revised IAEG-SDGs global indicators report was just released with a revised and “Final list of proposed Sustainable Development Goal indicators” (Annex IV). In the updated version, two more explicit references to persons with disabilities have been included (11.7.2 and 16.7.2). Currently there are a total of 11 explicit references to persons with disabilities in the proposed global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators in the areas of poverty eradication, education (2), employment (2), reducing inequalities, sustainable and inclusive cities (3), and peaceful and inclusive societies (2). Please continue reading below for details on the specific references.

Additionally, the chapeau includes “Sustainable Development Goal indicators should be disaggregated, where relevant, by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location, or other characteristics, in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (General Assembly resolution 68/261).”

  1. Poverty eradication: Indicator 1.3.1 Percentage of the population covered by social protection floors/systems disaggregated by sex, and distinguishing children, unemployed, old age, “persons with disabilities,” pregnant women/newborns, work injury victims, poor and vulnerable
  2. Education: Indicator 4.5.1 Parity indices (female/male, rural/urban, bottom/top wealth quintile and others such as “disability” status, indigenous people and conflict-affected as data become available) for all indicators on this list that can be disaggregated
  3. Education: Indicator 4.a.1 Percentage of schools with access to (i) electricity; (ii) Internet for pedagogical purposes; (iii) computers for pedagogical purposes; (iv) “adapted infrastructure and materials for students with disabilities;” (v) single-sex basic sanitation facilities; (vi) basic handwashing facilities (as per the WASH indicator definitions)
  4. Employment: Indicator 8.5.1 Average hourly earnings of female and male employees by occupation, by age group and “persons with disabilities”
  5. Employment: Indicator 8.5.2 Unemployment rate, by sex, age group and “persons with disabilities”
  6. Reducing inequalities: Indicator 10.2.1 Proportion of people living below 50 per cent of median income, disaggregated by age group, sex and “persons with disabilities”
  7. Sustainable and Inclusive cities: Indicator 11.2.1 Proportion of the population that has convenient access to public transport, disaggregated by age group, sex and “persons with disabilities”
  8. Sustainable and Inclusive cities: Indicator 11.7.1 The average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, disaggregated by age group, sex and “persons with disabilities
  9. Sustainable and Inclusive cities: Indicator7.2 Proportion of persons victim of physical or sexual harassment, by sex, age, “disability status” and place of occurrence, in the previous 12 months
  10. Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Indicator 16.7.1 Proportions of positions (by age group, sex, “persons with disabilities” and population groups) in public institutions (national and local legislatures, public service, and judiciary) compared to national distributions
  11. Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Indicator 16.7.2 Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, “disability” and population group

For the SDG indicators related to disaster risk reduction (1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3, 11.5.1, 11.5.2, 13.1.1, 13.1.2) “An open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on indicators and terminology relating to disaster risk reduction established by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/69/284) is developing a set of indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework. These indicators will eventually reflect the agreements on the Sendai Framework indicators.” Thus, there is a move for coherence between the two concurrent indicator processes.

Eleven explicit references to persons with disabilities in the proposed global SDG indicators is a positive step toward ensuring that no one is left behind, yet myriad gaps remain. Persons with disabilities are excluded from many relevant targets that significantly impact the lives of persons with disabilities. Therefore, it is imperative that disaggregation of data by disability status needs to be included in the following areas:

  • End poverty
  • Access to health
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Access to ICT
  • Violence against women
  • Impact of disasters
  • Access to water and sanitation

Also extremely important is that linkages are put in place between the global SDG indicators and the national and regional indicators being developed.

Stay tuned for more developments and updates.

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