International indicators

A list of 232 indicators compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is used to monitor global progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The Inter-Agency and Expert Group is attached to the United Nations Statistical Commission. Each country is required to provide data for this set of indicators, which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on 6 July 2017.

In Switzerland, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) coordinates the exchange of data with the UN. The stats_agenda2030 network was set up to ensure an efficient flow of data between the federal government and the UN agencies, coordinate responsibilities in order to keep administrative burden to a minimum and encourage transparency. The network, which is attached to the Swiss organisation of statistics providers Fedestat, will remain active until at least 2030.

Switzerland has opted for a decentralised model because many units of the federal government have maintained direct contacts with UN agencies for many years. Some 30 federal government units are involved in the production, delivery or validation of data for the IAEG indicators alongside other Swiss actors.

The data are delivered to the UN custodian agency responsible for indicators in a particular sector. Each year, about 50 agencies participate in the collection and harmonisation of the required national data, which are then transmitted to the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) for publication.