Report of the IAEG-SDG: 2020 Comprehensive Report

Indicators Updates

In March, the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) met for its 51st session in New York. One of the key issues discussed was the 2020 Comprehensive Review of the SDG 4 Monitoring Framework, the report on which provided the Inter-Agency and Expert Group (IAEG-SDGs). Based on the discussions during the UNSC session and subsequent IAEG-SDGs virtual meeting, the entire Global Indicator Framework was examined by the IAEG-SDG and some global indicators were replaced, deleted, refined, or adjusted, and in some cases, additional indicators were introduced. Tier III1 indicators were deleted or promoted to Tier II.


The following are the proposed changes to the Framework, which have direct impact on the UIS programme:

To be added to the Global Indicator Framework
4.1.2 Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education, upper secondary education)
This indicator was previously listed as thematic indicator 4.1.4.
To be removed to the Global Indicator Framework
4.2.1 The portion of indicator 4.2.1 that measures progress for children between 0 and 23 months of age
The indicator currently measures “proportion of children under 5 years of age developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being”. Yet measuring this for infants aged 0 to 23 months globally has been recognized as not feasible.
To be refined as follows
4.7.1 Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment.
4.a.1 Proportion of schools offering basic services, by type of service
4.c.1 Proportion of teachers with the minimum required qualifications, by education level


The list of global and thematic of SDG 4 indicators is available here: Official list of all SDG 4 Indicators.


IAEG-SDG Committee Composition

The IAEG-SDG also proceeded to the rotation of members and welcome Sweden as a new co-chair, replacing Mexico, and co-leading the work with Mexico. The complete list of members is available here.


1 To help with the implementation of the global indicator framework, indicators are classified by the IAEG-SDGs into three tiers based on their methodological development and the availability of data at the global level. The tier classification criteria and definitions are available at