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Measuring progress, true wealth, and well-being

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What is the 'Beyond GDP' initiative

The Beyond GDP initiative is about developing indicators that are as clear and appealing as GDP, but more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress.

This website updates on recent developments and ongoing work.


WHO Monitoring 2018

World Health Statistics 2018: Monitoring health for the SDGs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released the report “World Health Statistics 2018: Monitoring health for the SDGs”. The report, covering 194 member countries, provides health data, including health coverage and access to services and expenditures. The first part describes the data used and provides an overview of their compilation, processing and analysis. The second part summarises the current status of selected health-related SDG indicators at global and regional levels, based on data available as of early 2018. The third part illustrates the three strategic priorities of achieving universal health coverage (UHC), addressing health emergencies and promoting healthier populations through several case studies. Results demonstrate that less than half of the people in the world today get all of the health services they need, while close to 13 million people die every year before the age of 70 from cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer – mostly in low and middle-income countries.

SDG Progress 2018

UN SDG Progress Report 2018

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued an advanced and unedited version of the results of the yearly report on progress towards the SDGs, The report is based on selected SDG indicators for which data were available, using the latest data as of 10 May 2018. The report aims to inform the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2018. The global indicator framework used in the report was developed by the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators and adopted by the UN General Assembly in July 2017. For each of the 17 SDGs, the Secretary-General’s report provides an overview paragraph on progress, including descriptions of statistical trends for the targets under each Goal (according to data availability). The report stresses the need to strengthen the capacities of national statistical systems and ensure quality, accessible, open, timely and disaggregated data.

Asia and Pacific SDG

Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2017

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific published the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2017, assessing the progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets in Asia and the Pacific. Despite some gaps in data and indicators, the report analyses regional and sub-regional progress, as well as associated disparities among income groups countries. Drawing on the analysis of 66 indicators (60 global SDG indicators and 6 proxy indicators) the report identifies clear patterns of progress and regression. The results show poor progress in terms of reducing inequalities, access to justice and environmental protection, in contrast to progress made in eradicating poverty and improving good health and wellbeing. The report is an invaluable resource for all stakeholders involved in the prioritisation, planning, implementation, follow up and review of the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific.

Global Partnership

Global Partnership’s Dashboard

Established in 2011, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation is a project led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in concert with 161 countries, 56 international organisations, and additional partners across the public and private sectors. In March 2018, the project launched the Global Partnership’s Dashboard which aims at monitoring partnership across SDGs. The dashboard, which includes 10 indicators, is designed to: monitor progress of recipient programs, countries and cities; identify trends in the performance on indicators and SDGs; compare performance; identify the areas where and reasons why funding is not producing the intended results.

French Wealth Index 2017

French Wealth Indicators 2017

The French Government and the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) published the report on the new wealth indicators (Nouveaux Indicateurs de richesse). The indicators are also included in the progress report on French economy. The ten 'new wealth indicators’, first adopted in 2015, include employment, public debt, research expenses, income inequality, life satisfaction, and carbon footprint, soil sealing and GHG emissions among others. These indicators highlight three major themes at the core of the public agenda: preparation for the future, social cohesion, and quality of life. The report is intended to provide the basis for ensuring greater accountability from governmental action.