Welcome to the first edition of UNCTAD’s (United Nations, 2015) and the Sustainable Development Goals ( ). The purpose of this report is to: provide an update on the evolution of a selection of official SDG indicators and complementary data and statistics; provide progress reports on the development of new concepts and methodologies for ; and to also showcase, beyond the perspective of the formal SDG indicators, how UNCTAD is contributing to the implementation of 2030 Agenda. The report will also investigate thematic issues of relevance to 2030 Agenda – this year, the report discusses some measurement issues regarding inequality.Pulse – UNCTAD’s new annual statistical publication reporting on developments relating to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The report is organized by four broad categories:
The report can be read by theme. Here the indicators are sub-divided across the three themes to which UNCTADs work contributes: multilateralism for trade & development; productive growth; and structural transformation. Through this thematic lens, a wide range of indicators are presented and issues discussed, including: recent trends in trade, including barriers to trade, and policies to promote trade; investment, transport infrastructure, for sustainable development, and ; and industry and high value-added and sustainability.
The SDG indicators presented in this report are also categorised by goal. The goals and indicators selected reflect UNCTAD’s broad mandate of economic and sustainable development. In some cases, UNCTAD is the custodian or co-custodian agency for the indicator. These indicators are supplemented with other complementary indicators. The SDG indicators presented in this report are:
- Indicator 2.a.2: Total to agriculture
- Indicator 2.b.1: Agricultural
- Indicator 2.c.1: Indicator of
- Indicator 8.9.1:
- Indicator 8.a.1: Aid for Trade commitments and disbursements
- Indicator 9.1.2: Passenger and freight volumes, by mode of transport
- Indicator 9.2.1:
- Indicator 9.4.1: per unit of value added
- Indicator 9.5.1: expenditure
- Indicator 9.5.2: Researchers relative to population
- Indicator 9.a.1: Total official international support to infrastructure
- Indicator 9.b.1: Proportion of value added
- Indicator 9.c.1: Proportion of population covered by a mobile network
- Indicator 10.a.1: Proportion of * with zero-tariff
- Indicator 10.b.1: for development
- Indicator 12.6.1: Number of companies publishing sustainability reports*
- Indicator 16.4.1: Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows*
- Indicator 17.3.1: * , and
- Indicator 17.4.1: as a share of exports of goods and services
- Indicator 17.5.1: Implement investment promotion regimes for *
- Indicator 17.6.2: Fixed Internet subscriptions
- Indicator 17.8.1: Proportion of individuals using the Internet
- Indicator 17.10.1: *
- Indicator 17.11.1 Developing countries and LDCs’ share of global exports*
- Indicator 17.12.1: * faced by developing countries, LDCs and
The SDG indicators, which are essentially performance metrics, do not give a comprehensive picture of development. A lot of other data and statistics are required to fully understand the breath of activities underway. UNCTAD runs a wide-ranging capacity development programme. This report presents some case studies from UNCTAD’s development programme from a statistical perspective – presenting UNCTAD’s activities and successes in hard numbers. These case studies are important as they also illustrate the Results Based Management approach being adopted by UNCTAD – helping us to improve our responsiveness and accountability to member states.
Every year, the SDG Pulse will highlight a specific aspect of the 2030 Agenda and discuss this issue from the slant or perspective of statistics. For this first edition, some aspects of inequality are discussed, including global economic and income inequalities, and also an emerging new dimension for inequality in a data driven world – access to data.
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