Measurement of progress towards the SDGs through ICT indicators

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, the Partnership includes 14 international and regional organizations: ITU, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), ILO, UNEP-SBC, UNU-ViE SCYCLE, World Bank, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, EUROSTAT and OECD.

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Session 134

14:30–16:15, Monday, 19 March 2018 Room C2, ITU Tower Interactive Session Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Summary Document 

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The session will highlight the work of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development Task Group on ICT for the SDGs. The task group was initiated in January 2017. The official launch was in June 2017 at the occasion of the WSIS Forum held in Geneva during the session organized by the Partnership.

The main objective of the task group on ICT for the SDGs is to propose a thematic list of ICT indicators that could be used to measure ICT availability and use in sectors relevant to the SDGs that are not covered in the global SDG indicators framework. The TG further aims at improving availability of disaggregated data, for the indicators that are defined in the thematic list, in addition to the ICT indicators included in the SDG measurement framework.

A first draft list will be presented during the session, followed by a focus on three specific topical areas, e-waste, e-government and business indicators. The session will end with the availability of the indicators at the national level and how the list can be implemented in countries. The indicators will be open to feedback from the WSIS stakeholders, during and after the WSIS Forum 2018.




Moderator: Alexandre Barbosa, CETIC, Brazil


Esperanza Magpantay, ITU: Developing a thematic list of ICT indicators for the SDGs and e-waste indicators
Vincenzo Aquaro, Deniz Susar, UNDESA: E-government indicators
Scarlett Fondeur Gil, UNCTAD: Thematic business ICT indicators
Ramiz Uddin, Bangladesh: Availability of thematic ICT indicators in Bangladesh

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development promotes cooperation between regional and international organizations in defining and harmonizing ICT indicators for the improvement of data quality and quantity in countries.

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

ICT indicators are important for countries to assess the progress made in the information society. Assessing progress and barriers in ICT access and usage will help countries to identify areas where they need to improve.