AHN SDG Corporate Access

SDG Access To Over 100,000 Corporations

The AHN SDG Corporate Access (CAP) program is available to AHN partners, advisors, consultants, members, and consortium participants to access the Sustainability Managers, top executives, officers and decision makers of the leading 100,000 transnational corporations and businesses.

AHN provides access and schedules introductions to the Global Goals SDG professionals leading the world's largest companies. AHN also creates consortium style relationships with the various measuring agencies and organizations who assist in the SDG scoring.

A total of 17 sustainable development goals, along with their 169 targets and 230 indicators, were adopted at the United Nations summit on sustainable development with a deadline of 2030. The goals replaced the millennium development goals which expired in 2015. Each country was allocated an overall SDG index score.


AHN SDG Corporate Access purpose is to assist countries in getting started with implementing the new SDGs.

The SDGs are a universal agenda of sustainable development, calling on all nations to pursue a holistic strategy that combines economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The 17 SDGs agreed at the UN on September 25, 2015 embody a shared global vision of how to combine these three dimensions of sustainable development into action at the local, national, and international levels.

We are gratified that throughout the world, local and national governments are already rallying around the new goals, seeking ways to incorporate them into planning processes. Businesses, universities, and civil society are also recognizing that the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement (incorporated into the sustainable development agenda as SDG 13) are truly "something new," requiring a new orientation of strategy.

There is universal agreement not only on the SDGs but also on the fact that they represent an unusually complicated agenda for governments. After all, it's hard enough to pursue economic development or social inclusion or environmental sustainability. To do all three together, and with investment strategies, that must stretch over 15 years if not more, will certainly require a new orientation of governments and a new approach to multi-stakeholder policy design and implementation. Climate change by itself, just one of the 17 SDGs, requires nothing less than a fundamental overhaul of the world's energy systems in the next 20-40 years. Rising inequality and sluggish growth with weak job prospects urgently demand political action in many countries. The SDGs are certainly not business as usual.

For these reasons, governments, businesses, and civil society are very keen to be able to track the SDGs over time, in order to assess progress, identify priorities, determine weak points in implementation, and to stay on track towards the goals. For this reason, the UN member states are investing considerable diplomatic time and organizational effort to define a new set of comprehensive metrics for the SDGs. An Inter-Agency and Expert Advisory Group (IAEG) was constituted to devise a global indicator framework for the SDGs. Their detailed work is still ongoing and will continue into 2017. The IAEG has already identified three "tiers" of indicators depending on whether the methodology is agreed and data are already widely available (Tier 1), the methodology is agreed but the data are not widely available (Tier 2), and the methodology is still not globally agreed (Tier 3).

While this exacting and laborious effort continues, it is important that countries get started on the SDGs with relevant data already at hand. It is also important that these data should be accessible and understandable not only for experts but also for government officials, business and civil society, and of course, the citizenry. This is precisely the spirit of the present work. Based on our very careful scrutiny of relevant data already available for tracking the SDGs, the SDG Index and Dashboards present these data in a way that we believe to be informative, insightful, and interesting for the public.

Where possible we use the official SDG indicators and fill gaps in data availability with variables
published by reputable sources.

We also emphasize again that the SDG Index and Dashboards are not an official product endorsed by any governments or the United Nations. We view this work as complementary to, and supportive of the official process on SDG Indicators led by the UN member states with the support of the UN Statistics Division.

The SDG Index creates for the first time a measure of the SDG starting point for 2015 at the country level. It will help every country identify priorities for early action, understand the key implementation challenges and identify the gaps that must be closed in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

The SDG Index also allows each country to compare itself with the region, with other counterparts at similar levels of overall economic development, and with the entire world, including the best and worst performers. Indeed we have constructed the various measures for each SDG so that they immediately indicate a country's position on a 0-to-100 spectrum from the "worst" (score 0) to the "best" (score 100).


Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators

Mandate and Membership

On 6 March 2015, at its forty-sixth session, the United Nations Statistical Commission created the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), composed of Member States and including regional and international agencies as observers. The IAEG-SDGs was tasked to develop and implement the global indicator framework for the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. The global indicator framework was developed by the IAEG-SDGs and agreed upon, including refinements on several indicators, at the 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held in March 2017.

The global indicator framework was subsequently adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017 and is contained in the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/71/313).

The group's current terms of reference are below, as found in E/CN.3/2017/2, Annex I.

Terms of reference

In establishing the IAEG-SDGs, the United Nations Statistical Commission requested the use of existing regional mechanisms in order to ensure equitable regional representation and technical expertise. The Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission is an ex-officio member of the IAEG-SDGs. In accordance with its terms of reference, the IAEG-SDGs updated its membership in May 2017 (see list of IAEG-SDG Members at the link below).

List of IAEG-SDG Members

Working Groups

At its third meeting, the IAEG-SDGs formed three working groups to address specific areas relevant to SDG indicator implementation. The three working groups address Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX), Geo-spatial information, and Interlinkages. The terms of reference for the three groups can be found below. The Working Groups are responsible for their own detailed work plans, methods of work, and communication and coordination mechanisms with other partners. Countries that are not members of the IAEG-SDGs, international organisations, civil society, academia and the private sector were invited to participate in these groups subject to criteria established by each working group. Each of the three working groups reports on its progress at each of the meetings of the IAEG-SDGs.

Working Group on Geo-spatial Information
Working Group on Inter-linkages of SDG Statistics to allow for Integrated Analyses in the Monitoring
Working Group on SDMX

Resources and Documents

Reports of the IAEG-SDGs to the UN Statistical Commission

The official list of global Sustainable Development Goal Indicators

Tier Classification for Global SDG Indicators

Work Plans for Tier III Indicators

Metadata Repository

7th meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
9 - 12 Apr 2018 Vienna
6th meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
11 - 14 Nov 2017 Manama
5th meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
28 - 31 MAR 2017 Ottawa
4th meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
15 - 18 NOV 2016 Geneva
3rd meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
30 MAR - 1 APR 2016 Mexico City
2nd meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
26 - 28 OCT 2015 Bangkok
1st meeting of the IAEG-SDGs
1 - 2 JUN 2015 New York

Consultations and Other Activities

Open Consultation on Possible Refinements to the Global Indicator Framework
19 - 28 SEP 2016

Briefing to the General Assembly on the global SDG indicator framework
28 JAN 2016

Open Consultation on Grey Indicators
9 - 15 DEC 2015

Open Consultation on Green Indicators
4 - 7 NOV 2015

Open Consultation
11 AUG - 14 SEP 2015


IAEG-SDG Membership

As of May 2017, the following United Nations Member States are currently members of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators:

Chair of UN Statistical Commission:*

Eastern Africa:

Middle and Southern Africa:

Western Africa:

Northern Africa:

Western Asia:

Central, Eastern, Southern, and South-Eastern Asia:
The Philippines


The Caribbean:
Trinidad and Tobago

Central and South America:

Eastern Europe:
Russian Federation

North America and Northern, Southern and Western Europe:
The Netherlands


IAEG-SDGs Tier Classification for Global SDG Indicators

To facilitate the implementation of the global indicator framework, all indicators are classified by the IAEG-SDGs into three tiers on the basis of their level of methodological development and the availability of data at the global level, as follows:

Tier Classification Criteria/Definitions:

Tier 1: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, and data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.

Tier 2: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries.

Tier 3: No internationally established methodology or standards are yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested.

All indicators are equally important, and the establishment of the tier system is intended solely to assist in the development of global implementation strategies. For tier I and II indicators, the availability of data at the national level may not necessarily align with the global tier classification and countries can create their own tier classification for implementation.

Please note that Tier I and II indicators' metadata are available in the metadata repository. Tier III indicators require work plans to be developed outlining the methodological development of the indicators for approval by the IAEG-SDGs. The current Tier III work plans are available here.

Below, please find the updated tier classification as of 15 December 2017 for the Global SDG indicators as developed by the IAEG-SDGs. The tier classification for many indicators is expected to change as methodologies are developed and data availability increases. Therefore, the IAEG-SDGs will review the tier classification as needed in bi-monthly WebEx calls as well as at its physical meetings (1st and 4th quarters annually). The updated tier classification is expected to be released following those meetings unless otherwise noted. Also reflected in the document are the possible custodian and partner agencies for the indicators.

For any future requests to add or change an agency as a co-custodian, once all parties have reached final agreement, please send the confirmation to the Secretariat with copy to all possible custodian agencies.

As of 15 December 2017: The updated tier classification contains 93 Tier I indicators, 66 Tier II indicators and 68 Tier III indicators. In addition to these, there are 5 indicators that have multiple tiers (different components of the indicator are classified into different tiers).

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Goal 1

Goal 1 : End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Target 1.4

By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular, the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance

1.4.1 Proportion of population living in households with access to basic services

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Goal 2

Goal 2 : End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Target 2.3

By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists, and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment

2.3.1 Volume of production per labor unit by classes of farming/pastoral/forestry enterprise size

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2.3.2 Average income of small-scale food producers, by sex and Indigenous status

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Target 2.4

By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

2.4.1 Proportion of agricultural area underproductive and sustainable agriculture

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Goal 3

Goal 3 : Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Target 3.5

Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

3.5.1 Coverage of treatment interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial and rehabilitation and aftercare services) for substance use disorders

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Target 3.8

Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all

3.8.1 Coverage of essential health services (defined as the average coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and service capacity and access, among the general and the most disadvantaged population)

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Target 3.b

Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non‑communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all

3.b.3 Proportion of health facilities that have a core set of relevant essential medicines available and affordable on a sustainable basis

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