SDG 16 Data Initiative

SDG 16 Data Initiative

The SDG16 Data Initiative is a consortium of 14 partner organizations that seeks to support the open and holistic tracking of the commitments made by UN Member States captured in Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16), which promotes peaceful, just and inclusive societies. The 14 members of the SDG16 Data Initiative have a diverse range of organizational focuses, covering the issues and topics included within the 12 targets of SDG 16.

The SDG16 Data Initiative aims to collect and curate SDG 16 data, communicate what the data shows about global progress toward SDG16 and catalyse action through open data. The SDG16 Data Initiative works to compile existing global data to help track progress towards implementation of SDG 16. The initiative pulls together datasets to track SDG 16 and provide a snapshot of the current situation. This therefore involves the inclusion of both global and complementary indicators, presented with official and unofficial data. This process also works to identify potential challenges in data quality, availability, and coverage that needs to be addressed.

The SDG16 Data Initiative complements current efforts to develop an official indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs. The Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG – SDGs) has identified 23 global indicators under SDG 16’s 12 targets. It is understood that eventually national statistical systems will produce the majority of the data for these indicators. The UN Statistical System and other global organisations will then collate this official data at the global level. However, official data availability and coverage is currently limited and may take years to develop capacities and collect data for official monitoring through official statistical systems. Therefore, there is a present need to draw on available data to assist countries in getting started with the monitoring of SDG 16. The SDG16 Data Initiative fills this role.

Partners involved in establishing the SDG16 Data Initiative include the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Governance Data Alliance, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), International IDEA, Namati, Open Society Foundations, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Results for Development Institute, Saferworld, Small Arms Survey, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), TAP Network, Transparency International and World Justice Project.