Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals

In working with the UN World Goals, it is essential to measure the various efforts to ensure that the goals are being fulfilled.

Each of the 17 World Goals entails several sub-goals that must be met to fulfill the overall goal.
The indicators for the UN World Goals are used to measure development – one goal at a time. The indicators can be compared to KPIs. They give an overview and can be used to communicate where the goals have been implemented, how these implementations have been include, and how far along the implementations are.

Principles for the measurement of sustainable development goals

When measuring our efforts and progress at DEM in relation to goals 7, 11, 13 and 17, we are guided by 10 principles. The principles are from Global Monitoring, which is included in an overall framework for indicators and monitoring of the sustainable development goals.

The indicators are quantifiable and can be strategically applied through concrete data and numbers from operations of the organization.

The indicators should:

  • Be few and globally harmonized
  • Be unambiguous and with simple political implications
  • Allow for high frequency monitoring
  • Be grounded in a consensus, balanced by international standards and system-based information
  • Be developed on a basis of well-founded data sources
  • Be fractionable
  • Be universal
  • Be primarily result oriented
  • Be scientifically founded and forward looking
  • Applicable in larger contexts