CLUSTER IV – Development of a new SDG Composite Index

Timeline: March 2018 – December 2020

This Ban Ki-moon Centre cluster aims at developing a new composite index for measuring sustainability and for monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. The new index will build on existing indicators and datasets, including the SDG Index and Dashboards published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmannstiftung and others.

The new index intends to indicate the progress or lack of progress along key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on the core mandates of the Centre. In doing so, it aims to assist countries in choosing policy options to address the variety of sustainable development challenges they may face.

The regional focus of the index will be Asia and the Pacific. The research will be conducted in an inclusive and consultative manner with governmental and academic sectors, giving the targeted countries a strong sense of ownership.

During the first stage of the project, in collaboration with the SDSN and the Centre’s academic network, several options for the new index will be explored. The new index will be decided upon by Summer 2018, based on expert analysis and consultation. Beginning in Fall 2018, pilot projects will be executed in six countries in Asia and the Pacific, one for each of the six sub-regions: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, Central Asia, and South Pacific islands.

The outcome of the pilot projects for the new index will be documented and reported at the annual Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum (GEEF) in 2019 and in other domestic and international journals. Policy recommendations will also be developed and are expected to be presented at the subsequent United Nations’ High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Photo: Yann Arthus-Bertrand