Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015

Stephen Lim, Kate Allen, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Lalit Dandona, Mohammad Forouzanfar, Nancy Fullman, Peter Gething, Ellen Goldberg, Simon Hay, Mollie Holmberg, Yohannes KINFU, et al.,

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    In September, 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, a resolution outlining a new framework to form the cornerstone of the sustainable development agenda for the period leading up to 2030.1 This new framework replaced the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) framework that expired in 2015, establishing 17 universal goals and 169 targets referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs substantially broaden the development agenda beyond the MDGs and are expected to frame UN member state policies over the next 15 years. To measure progress towards achieving the goals, the UN Statistical Commission created the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) with a mandate to draft an indicator framework that aligns with the targets. The IAEG-SDGs announced a total of 230 indicators to measure achievement of the 169 targets.2 Health is a core dimension of the SDGs; goal 3 aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”. Health-related indicators—ie, indicators directly pertaining to health services, health outcomes, and environmental, occupational, behavioural, or metabolic risks with well established causal connections to health—are also present in ten of the other 16 goals.3,4 Across these 11 goals, there are 28 health-related targets with a total of 47 health-related indicators
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-38
    Number of pages38
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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