Agenda 2030 and the tasks of the national statistical offices

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Figure 1: One logo of the SDGs
Figure. 1: One logo of the SDGs

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is a global United Nations action plan for people, the planet and prosperity, which has been adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The Agenda 2030 of the United Nations is a roadmap to “transform the world for the better” by the year 2030 in terms of sustainable transformation of society, economy and environment. The Agenda 2030 contains 17 global goals divided into 169 targets with over 240 indicators.The goals are called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs (Figure 1).

Reviewing the goal achievement

The UN Statistical Commission was charged together with the national statistical offices to develop global indicators for the targets. The mandated “Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators” (IAEG-SDGs) presented and continuously developed a set of indicators for this purpose. This IAEG-SDGs consists of statistical offices of some UN member states, including the Federal Statistical Office for Germany.

National Reporting about sustainable development

The Federal Statistical Office coordinates and publishes the German data to the SDG indicators. It is responsible for the statistical reporting about the German progress concerning the SDGs. In July 2019 the Federal Statistical Office has released a national reporting platform for indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On this platform, statistical data and metadata regarding Germany and the global sustainable development are presented in an edited and interactive way. Now the SDG-part of the platform enables the responsible international organisations (so-called Custodian Agencies) to directly download data for single SDG-indicators (Figure 2).

In February 2020 the DNS-part of the platform was released. It includes data and metadata regarding the indicators of the German Sustainable Development Strategy (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie, DNS).

Abbildung 2: Datenfluss Diagramm

Figure 2: Data flow for calculating the SDG-indicators regarding Germany