The Sustainable Development Goals – or ‘Global Goals’ – promise to transform our world by 2030. They include commitments to end poverty and hunger, tackle inequality, improve health and education, and combat climate change. To fulfil these ambitions, a stark reality must first be confronted: most of the goals and targets cannot be measured completely.
The problem persists throughout the goals. Fewer than half of the 231 official indicators have available data at the global level and agreed standards and methodologies. This must be urgently addressed, because progress for girls and women is not limited to just one goal. Every goal must be adequately measured as each one directly or indirectly touches the lives of all people.