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This statistical report provides an overview of the current status of the attainment/achievement of
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) data for Jamaica. In 2015, United Nations (UN)
member states agreed on 17 global goals and 169 targets that will provide the blueprint for the
world’s development over the next 15 years (known as the 2030 Agenda). Broad and ambitious
in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social,
economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective
institutions 1 . Originally, underpinning the 169 targets were 244 indicators, however due to
replication under two or three different targets (see Appendix 1), the total of individual indicators
are 232.

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)
was established 2015 at the forty-sixth session of the United Nations Statistical Commission with
the task of developing and implementing the global indicator framework for the Goals and
targets of the 2030 Agenda. The indicator framework is subjected to annual refinements, with
two comprehensive reviews scheduled for consideration and decision at the 2020 and 2025
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sessions (IAEG-SDGs, 2016). The types of changes to
be considered at the 2020 and 2025 reviews are:

  • Indicator does not map well to target
  • Additional indicator needed to cover all aspects of target
  • New data sources available
  • Methodological development of Tier III indicator has stalled/did not produce expected
  • Indicator not measuring progress toward