- November 20, 2017

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IDA, with IDDC, attended the sixth meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), from 11 to 14 November 2017 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The IAEG-SDG is a group composed of technical statisticians, which, for the first time, produced a document called “Overview of standards for data disaggregation.” The document includes a proposal on the use the Washington Group’s Short Set of Questions as standard for the monitoring of the SDGs. 

The inclusion of the Washington Group Short Set is the result of the many months of advocacy by the disability community and its partners, and shifts the dialogue clearly toward using the Washington Group to monitor the SDGs. 

The next steps following this meeting are: 

  • The co-chairs (Germany and Ghana) of the disaggregation work stream will develop a priority list of SDG indicators that should be disaggregated by disability,  
  • The focus of the group is shifting to pilot projects in which methodology will be tested, which will be led by UN Agencies and governments,
  • Tier III indicators are being reviewed in groups. We don’t know the timeline of when the disability indicators will be addressed by the expert group, yet it is pertinent to start rethinking about how to upscale the many tier III categorized disability indicators.

Upcoming events:

  • The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will have its next meeting in March 2018.
  • The next meeting of the UN Statistical Commission will take place in New York, 7-9 March 2018. 
  • The second UN World Data Forum will take place 22-24 October 2018 in Dubai. 

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