The global effort to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda is in constant need of better data and statistics, and there are multiple ways of measuring progress towards SDGs. But which indicators to choose and how to measure might prove challenging. The project “A taxonomy for indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals” seeks to help. The taxonomy is all about helping users including policymakers, local and national administrations,  to choose indicators that would support them in measuring progress towards the SDGs depending on their own context and priorities.


10.00 Opening remarks  

  • Lasse Sandberg, Statistics Norway  
  • Sven Tore Løkslid, KS Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities 

10.15 Introduction to the taxonomy 

  • Li-Chun Zhang, Statistics Norway 
  • Geir Graff, Asker municipality project leader KS 

10.40 From taxonomy to ontology – video from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU 

10.45 Panel discussion 

  • Aapo Houvila, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) 
  •  Paola Proiretti, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) 
  •  Marcos Dias Ramirez, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)   
  •  Geir Graff, Asker municipality 

Moderator: Anne Romsaas, KS Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities

11.05 “The Global SDG Race” - video by Ola Rosling, Gapminder Foundation 

11.15 Closing remarks 

The event continues in Norwegian after the closing remarks. You are of course welcome to follow the Norwegian launch as well as the international. The same link applies to both. See full programme here

Reports and resources

The report is published here and is now in the phase of classifying indicator sets with resources from the Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence in Trondheim and The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The classification exercise is focusing on six sources for indicator sets related to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs:

The UN Global SDG indicator framework 

The OECD indicators for a territorial approach to the SDGs 

The U4SSC KPI-set 

The UNSDSN/Bertelsmann Stiftung SDG Index- set 

The EU-JRC-VLR-handbook indicators 

 The Norwegian Measurement Points from the white paper on SDGs Norwegian only 

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