The meeting took place in Vienna from 10 to 12 April. It was hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Since 2015, UN agencies have met twice a year to discuss progress they have made in collecting data for SDG indicators and to agree on the responsibilities of various parts of the UN system to facilitate the process and support the member states in their efforts.
Representatives of national statistical institutes of various UN member states contributed to the discussions, presenting examples of the way SDG monitoring has been organised in their countries. Participants also discussed the activities leading to the review of the global SDG indicators in 2020.
The expert group plans to organise consultations in 2019 concerning a limited number of additional indicators that could be added to the global list, as well as a consultation on the need to review the existing indicators. Based on the consultations, the 51st session of the UN Statistical Commission will decide in 2020 on changes to the global SDG framework.