While policy implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is being led by the Department for International Development with support from the Cabinet Office, it is the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that is responsible for official reporting of UK SDGs data.

In early 2016, UKSSD worked with the ONS to help them meet the data challenges associated with the SDGs. Between 7 March and 27 May, UKSSD and the ONS collaborated on a research exercise to seek the views of non-governmental organisations, both private and voluntary, on how the ONS should report progress towards the SDGs.

  • Respondents agreed that 146 of the 169 SDG targets (86%) and 163 of the 231 global indicators (71%) were appropriate for reporting UK progress. 

The resulting report presents a snapshot of the findings. These findings are now being considered along with further analysis to develop a UK reporting framework for SDGs, which ONS will put to the public for consultation in autumn 2016.

When the ONS publish their draft national reporting framework for consultation UKSSD will be encouraging our stakeholders across the UK to contribute their views. The national indicator framework will be key to holding the government to account so it is critical that as many stakeholders as possible have their say.