Tool built to help pick Sustainable Development Goals
Thursday, May 22, 2014
A tool designed to help policymakers choose the best Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals when they expire next year has been launched by an international organisation that promotes global sustainable development.
Tests of Success for the SDGs was launched by the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future earlier this month (7 May). It aims to inform the UN Open Working Group’s efforts to develop a new set of goals and the intergovernmental talks on post-2015 development.
“Our aim was to contribute a helpful addition to the discourse that did not dictate what the goals should be, but rather how they should be designed,” says Farooq Ullah, the forum’s executive director.
The tool can be used to choose, design and assess SDGs, says Ullah, providing both a reminder of commitments already agreed on for decision-makers and an “accountability mechanism” for stakeholders to use to assess progress in designing the goals.