The Sustainable Development Goals Index and Measurement in Egypt discussed at UNDP

Dec 7, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index and measurement in Egypt. The seminar presented speakers: Dr. Yosr Ibrahim, Head of Sustainable Development Unit at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and Mr. Guillaume Lofortune, Project Manager at the Sustainable Development Solutions Networks (SDSN), Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement and Responsible Business, The American University in Cairo (AUC) on Thursday 7 December 2017 at the UNDP Premises. The seminar aimed to initiate a discussion on the SDG index and dashboards, explore future gains from implementing the SDG index in Egypt.

The United Nations Statistical Commission has endorsed 232 official indicators for the measurement of countries’ progress towards the SDGs. However, for most countries data remain incomplete, which may handicap the monitor and assessment of performance. In addition, building a national data system requires both time and large investments in statistical capacity development to make data available.

As a result, the SDG Index and helping countries take stock of where they currently stand in regard to the achievement of SDGs. According to the SDGs global rank of 2017, Egypt is ranked the 87th out of 157 countries, with a score of 64.9% on the SDG Index. This indicates a relatively sound performance of Egypt when compared to the regional average score which is 62.3%. While in 2016, Egypt’s Global rank was the 66th out of 149 countries, with a score of 60.9% and regional average score 56.9%.

Egypt presented its first Voluntary Review on the SDGs at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2016 and is among the 22 countries that volunteered to report on the efforts undertaken to achieve this ambitious agenda. Throughout the drafting of the voluntary report, it has become clear that engaging with major interest groups is pivotal to build ownership of the SDGs and capitalize on local efforts for knowledge, resources and increasing mutual accountability of national development results.

The SDG index and dashboard can be accessed through this link http://www.sdgindex.org/

For more information, please contact: Fatma Elzahraa Yassin, Communications Analyst at fatma.yassin@undp.org

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