The Measure of Progress: How Human Rights should inform the SDG Indicators.

Gender Equality

The new CESR policy brief, The Measure of Progress, explores how human rights should inform the selection of SDG indicators. The briefing draws on CESR’s rich experience of monitoring human rights, including in development contexts, as well as on other work in the field of human rights indicators. CESR kick-started the discussion on the relationship between SDG indicators and human rights by hosting a side-event at the UN in March with the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus and has provided concrete proposals on indicators for Goal 10 (inequality), Goal 16 (accountable governance and access to justice) and Goal 17 (means of implementation).
This new policy brief highlights the criteria that should guide the selection of indicators, and proposes a number of approaches, methodologies and indicator sets that can help to ensure the SDG indicators framework is properly anchored in human rights. Ultimately, the choice of indicators to track SDG progress cannot be reduced to a technocratic exercise. A good indicator, informed by the principles and detailed provisions of existing international human rights standards, is a crucial tool for advocacy, accountability and action.
The Measure of Progress aims to inform civil society, statisticians, government agencies, National Human Rights Institutions, academics and others who are involved in the design of SDG indicators at both the global and national levels.