The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (known as Agenda Post-2015) is a plan of action for the world, assuming by 2030 poverty eradication, decent life for all people and peace. The 2030 Agenda replaces but also goes far beyond the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000, whose final deadline was set for the end of 2015.
The assumptions of the 2030 Agenda were developed by the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), through international negotiations coordinated under United Nations auspices The HLP announced recommendations for further global development plan, calling prominent personalities from around the world to create a new global partnership to eradicate poverty and transform economies in line with sustainable development. The recommendations were reflected in the report of May 30th, 2013 A New Global Partnership: Eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development. This report constituted the foundation to formulate assumptions of the 2030 Agenda, agreed by all 193 UN Member States. Its adoption took place during the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25th-27th, 2015 at the UN headquarters in New York. The 2030 Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets, monitored by relevant indicators.
17 Sustainable Development Goals
Recognizing the need to develop the indicator framework for monitoring SDGs at the global level, an Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators has been established. This group consists of selected Member States and - as observers - regional and international agencies (list of IAEG-SDGs Members). The final list of indicators, proposed by IAEG-SDGs, was accepted by the UN Statistical Commission during the 47th Session in March 2016. The list of indicators is open and will be further developed and modified.
The United Nations Global Database for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals
The platform provides access to data compiled through the UN System in preparation for the Secretary-General's annual report on "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals". The development of this global SDG database dissemination platform is an ongoing process.
The role of official statistics in the monitoring process of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals
The process of agreeing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its goals identified a clear need to involve official statistics in this endeavour. Official statistics, as the authorising officer of high-quality statistical indicators and expertise in this field, is in a position to play a key coordination role in the monitoring process. Ensuring access to reliable indicators and continuity of information, official statistics are used to monitor progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Polish official statistics has engaged in disseminating the knowledge and promoting issues related to the sustainable development for many years. To this purpose various activities, coherent with international initiatives, have been undertaken. The result of this work is a set of indicators to monitor sustainable development in Poland at the national, regional and local level. The analysis of these indicators is highly supported by a dedicated Application equipped with tools for data visualization in the form of tables, graphs and maps.
Considering new challenges associated with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Application is foreseen to be used to monitor the goals of the 2030 Agenda set by the government bodies at the national level.