The COVID-19 crisis brought unexpected setbacks to SDG progress, with the world's poorest and vulnerable being most affected. It’s important to note that progress has been made since the SDGs were created in 2015. According to the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals Report, improvement has been made in areas such as maternal and child health, wider access to electricity, and larger representation of women in government.

Without cooperation from everyone, all SDGs will be unattainable by the year 2030. It’s not enough for participation in some areas but not others. There may be different continents, countries, regions, and towns that divide us but we share one world. Concrete commitment is required to achieve the 17 goals that ensure a better tomorrow for all of us.

Targets & Indicators

When the UN General Assembly introduced the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, they listed the targets that needed to meet for each goal. These targets break down what needs to be achieved to consider the goal completed. The UN Statistical Commission created the IAEG (International Agency and Expert Group) in 2017, which was tasked with creating the “indicators” for each target. These indicators were created to put measures in place to track the process being made on each target.

Targets and indicators were developed by the UN as a working blueprint for nations, organizations, and people to use when implementing SDGs in their everyday actions. Looking to the targets for the respected goal is the best way to execute the use of them in your work.


Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection.
  1. 17.1.1 Total Government Revenue as a Proportion of GDP by Source
  2. 17.1.2 Proportion of Domestic Budget Funded by Domestic Taxes


Developed countries: Fully implement official development assistance commitments, including achieving the target of 0.7 percent of ODA/GNI (0.15 to 0.20 percent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries); ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 percent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries.
  1. 17.2.1 Net Official Development Assistance, Total and to Least-Developed Countries, as a Proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee Donors’ Gross National Income (GNI)


Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources.
  1. 17.3.1 Foreign Direct Investment, Official Development Assistance, and South-South Cooperation as a Proportion of Gross National Income
  2. 17.3.2 Volume of Remittances (in United States Dollars) as a Proportion of Total GDP


Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief, and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress.
  1. 17.4.1 Debt Service as a Proportion of Exports of Goods and Services


Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least-developed countries.
  1. 17.5.1 Number of Countries That Adopt and Implement Investment Promotion Regimes for Developing Countries, Including the Least-Developed Countries


Enhance North-South, South-South, and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology, and innovation. Also, enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms and through global technology facilitation.
  1. 17.6.1 Fixed Internet Broadband Subscriptions per 100 Inhabitants by Speed


Promote the development, transfer, dissemination, and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favorable terms, including concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed.
  1. 17.7.1 Total Amount of Funding for Developing Countries to Promote the Development, Transfer, Dissemination, and Diffusion of Environmentally Sound Technologies


Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology, and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least-developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, especially information and communications technology.
  1. 17.8.1 Proportion of Individuals Using the Internet


Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation.
  1. 17.9.1 Dollar Value of Financial and Technical Assistance (Including Through North-South, South‑South and Triangular Cooperation) Committed to Developing Countries


Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory, and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda.
  1. 17.10.1 Worldwide Weighted Tariff Average


Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, especially by striving to double the least-developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020.
  1. 17.11.1 Developing Countries’ and Least-Developed Countries’ Share of Global Exports


Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least-developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access.
  1. 17.12.1 Weighted Average Tariffs Faced by Developing Countries, Least-Developed Countries, and Small Island Developing States


Enhance global macroeconomic stability through policy coordination and coherence.
  1. 17.13.1 Macroeconomic Dashboard


Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.
  1. 17.14.1 Number of Countries With Mechanisms in Place to Enhance Policy Coherence of Sustainable Development


Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development of multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  1. 17.15.1 Extent of Use of Country-Owned Results Frameworks and Planning Tools by Providers of Development Cooperation


Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries.
  1. 17.16.1 Number of Countries Reporting Progress in Multi-Stakeholder Development Effectiveness Monitoring Frameworks That Support the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals


Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships' data, monitoring, and accountability.
  1. 17.17.1 Amount in United States Dollars Committed to Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure


By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries to increase the availability of high-quality, timely, and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location, and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.
  1. 17.18.1 Statistical Capacity Indicator for Sustainable Development Goal-Monitoring
  2. 17.18.2 Number of Countries That Have National Statistical Legislation That Complies With the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
  3. 17.18.3 Number of Countries with a National Statistical Plan That Is Fully Funded and Under Implementation by Source of Funding


By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries.
  1. 17.19.1 Dollar Value of All Resources Made Available to Strengthen Statistical Capacity in Developing Countries
  2. 17.19.2 Proportion of Countries That Have Conducted at Least One Population and Housing Census in the Last 10 Years; and Have Achieved 100 Percent Birth Registration and 80 Percent Death Registration

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