ITU is measuring Target 8F, (of Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development): ‘In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications’. ITU is monitoring the 3 indicators that were identified to track this target:
- 8.14: fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants,
- 8.15: mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants,
- 8.16: Internet users per 100 inhabitants.
ITU is part of the Inter-Agency Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators. This group is in charge of producing data for each of the eight MDGs. Based on relevant targets and indicators, these data are used to evaluate the progress of the MDGs and to produce the UN Secretary General's annual MDG Report
. The IAEG includes policy analysts and statisticians from the different organizations that are in charge of tracking the MDGs. The IAEG, which meets twice a year, has also helped to harmonize national and international data sets, and improved estimations and the transparency of methods used for data compilation and dissemination. It has also assisted countries in improving data and tools to monitor the MDGs.
ITU is also a member of the Working Group on 'Monitoring and Indicators' of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, which was set up in January 2012. Led by DESA and UNDP, the Task Team brings together over 60 UN system entities. Its main objective is to identify a unified development agenda for the post-2015 period.