how should we measure sustainable development?

by:UMeasure     2020-04-07
With 17 sustainable development goals and 169 related goals, we identify our routes and measure our progress in these goals and goals in order to find the right indicators.
Unfortunately, we do not yet have a single indicator to measure the sustainability of social, economic and environmental change.
Livia Bizikova and Peter dent have made the timeline clear in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We have 15 years to achieve our goals and achieve the goals of sustainable development (SDGs).
This is a race that has begun to move towards a sustainable future.
However, there is a timetable for the game, but there is no road map.
There are 17 sustainable development goals and 169 related goals, which is a huge problem.
Identifying our route and measuring our progress in achieving those goals and goals is all about finding the right indicators.
They cover important elements of human well-being.
So we need a system of indicators to match.
Unfortunately, we do not yet have a single indicator to measure the sustainability of social, economic and environmental change.
The most commonly used indicator of progress is gross domestic product (GDP).
However, we know that gross domestic product only measures economic development, and it includes activities that may actually be harmful from a sustainability perspective. (
For example, BP\'s cleanup after the Gulf oil spill actually contributed positively to gross domestic product. )Other well-
The measures identified include the Human Development Index (HDI)
Health, inequality and education issues are covered only.
If we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need to be efficient in our work and in our way.
Common wisdom tells us that what is measured can be managed.
Therefore, it is essential to develop comprehensive indicators to measure progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which cover all aspects of the sustainable development goals.
These indicators need to be globally relevant and all countries must use the same method to measure the same problem (e. g.
Unit, measuring frequency, etc. ).
The indicator selection process is led internally
Indicators and expert groups on sustainable development goals (IAEG-SDGs)
Working closely with the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC).
Over the past two weeks, the groups have held two important meetings to finalize the indicator process.
First, the UN Security Council adopted IAEG-SDGs (
And acknowledge the need for further work).
However, they also stressed that these indicators will be used at the global level and noted that other indicators need to be developed at the regional and national levels.
Well, about 150
It is recommended to develop indicators to monitor the sustainable development goals.
These indicators are mainly those that have been used at the global level to monitor existing agreements and issues, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the chemical convention and the OECD indicators on the green economy.
80 other indicators (Marked \"gray \")
Further research, definitions and elaboration are needed to make them effective for the global assessment.
Unfortunately, the process is longer than predicted.
This is understandable though. -
In view of the lack of an effective global sustainable development index, the number of targets and the high diversity of countries with different monitoring capabilities ---
In order to build a global framework to track progress, we still need to speed up.
This makes problems and solutions the focus.
It is not possible to adopt only all the proposed global indicators and implement them at the national level.
Governments must also take the lead in identifying their own set of indicators and aligning them with the global structure.
In Canada, the most comprehensive set of indicators on sustainability is the Canadian Environmental sustainability indicator system (CESI).
The indicators cover many aspects of the sustainable development goals, but only the environmental aspects.
Statistics Canada and the Canadian well index monitored other indicators
Can be used as a data source for monitoring sustainable development goals.
At the provincial level, there are strategies and Indicators for Sustainable Development and a green economy, such as those for Manitoba.
Among them, less than half are directly aligned with the sustainable development goals.
The new federal strategy for sustainable development (FSDS)(
Open consultation currently)
Therefore, Statistics Canada and other departments must take the necessary steps to establish clear communication between provinces and territories on the application of the 2030 Agenda in Canada.
At the very least, there are three things we need to do: streamline the reporting system;
Identify the key set of indicators that already exist, and the set of indicators that need to be readjusted with the sustainable development goals;
Fill in the loopholes that they simply lack in the country or in some areas.
Given that 2030 is the deadline, the implementation process needs to begin immediately.
These national and provincial indicators are required to create a baseline-
Develop a 2030 roadmap for Canada.
The federal government has a full responsibility to ensure that Canada achieves its sustainable development goals and their respective goals.
It is their responsibility to take the lead in ensuring that we have data to guide our own efforts and align them with others in the global community.
There is no time to waste.
Livia Bizikova is director of comprehensive decision-making knowledge at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD);
Peter Denton is an independent consultant in Winnipeg.
The point expressed in this blog is the author\'s point of view and does not necessarily reflect the position of CCIC or its members.
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