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In September 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted a new global plan of action entitled, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”  The 2030 Agenda, its 17 Goals and 169 targets are a universal set of goals and targets that aim to stimulate people-centered and planet-sensitive change. 

The 193 member states of the United Nations (UN) gathered to affirm commitments towards ending all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and increasing country’s productive capacity, increasing social inclusion and curbing climate change and protecting the environment while ensuring that no one is left behind over the next fifteen years. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets are integrated and indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable, and take into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.  Each government are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks, set nationally-owned targets guided by the global level of ambition but taking into account country-level circumstances for the achievement of the 17 goals.  Countries will also decide how these aspirational and global targets should be incorporated in national planning processes, policies and strategies.  

In monitoring the SDGs and its corresponding targets, the UN Statistical Commission established an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG), which developed the SDG global indicator framework consisting of 232 unique indicators. 

In line with the Philippines' commitment in achieving the SDGs, the PSA Board issued PSA Resolution No. 04 Series of 2016, Enjoining Government Agencies to Provide Data Support to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In this Resolution, all concerned government agencies are enjoined to provide the necessary data support to monitor the country's performance vis-à-vis the SDGs based on the indicator framework that shall be determined by NEDA, PSA and other government agencies.  Further, the Resolution designated the PSA as the official repository of SDG indicators in the Philippines.

Progress on the Philippine Sustainable Development Goals based on the SDG Watch posted on 27 January 2023

Release Date:
Reference Number: 2023-191

Progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) remains as big challenge in the Philippines as most of the country’s gains in the past have been reversed by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

A. How much progress has been made since 2000 ?

Based on the Current Status Index  (CSI), progress was observed in Goals 1, 3, 4 and 14 since 2000, although still short compared to the expected progress for 2022.  Meanwhile, Goals 2, 8, 11 and 13 regressed since 2000.  It may be noted that among the goals, only Goal 17 surpassed the 2022 line.  This pace of progress, however, was only based on one out of the 13 indicators under this goal, which may not be sufficient to conclude for the pace of progress for Goal 17. (Figure 1)

B. How likely will the 2030 nationally-determined numerical targets  be achieved by 2030?

Based on the results of the Anticipated Progress Index , 16.7 percent of the targets with measurable progress are on track, 42.9 percent requires accelerated efforts to achieve them, while the remaining 40.5 percent of the SDG targets require exponential acceleration of its pace in order to reverse the downtrend so as to achieve the goal in 2030. (Figure 2)

In like manner as in the SDG target level, 16.9 percent of the indicators that met the data requirements are on track while almost half or 47.7 percent of the indicators with measurable progress   need   acceleration.  On   the  other   hand,  35.4  percent  needs  reversal   of  the trend. (Figure 3)

C. Assessment of Data Availability

For this year, there was an increase in the number of indicators that satisfied the data requirements for the computation of the pace of progress for Goal 15: Life on Land and four other estimates at the target and indicator level namely the following:

However, there are still more than half or 56.8 percent of the indicators for which estimates for the pace of progress cannot be generated. We hope to have data availability on these in the next report in the future. (Figure 4)


National Statistician and Civil Registrar General



Full details of the results of SDG pace of progress can be found in the infographics.
Please note that one must be cautious when comparing pace of progress from the previous round or previous year as the pace of progress is affected by the number of indicators with updates and available disaggregation.  This is in line with the mantra of SDGs to leave no one behind.
3The length of each bar shows how much the country has progressed since 2000.  If the bar reaches or crosses the 2022 line, the country has made the expected progress for year 2022.  However, whether a Goal can be achieved by 2030 depends not only on the distance traveled so far, but also on the pace of progress going forward.
4The Current Status Index is a measure developed by UNESCAP that assesses the current stage of progress by creating a linkage between the progress made since the baseline in relation to the progress needed by 2030. It requires at least two data points since 2000 and the 2030 numerical target.  It provides the progress at the goal level.
5Numerical targets were determined through the SDG Target Setting Workshops organized by the National Economic and Development Authority, in collaboration with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, and in consultation with the various government agencies and stakeholders.  These targets were determined in 2019.
6The Anticipated Progress Index is a measure that provides how much extra effort is needed to meet the target by 2030, assuming the pace of progress is sustained.  It requires at least three data points since 2000 and the 2030 numerical target.  It provides progress at target and indicator level.
7Sufficient indicator means that the indicator satisfied the data requirement to be able to generate the pace of progress; Not sufficient indicator indicates that it lacks the required data points and/or 2030 numerical target; and No data indicator entails that the indicator does not have data since the beginning of the data collection or cannot be generated as it is not applicable in the country set-up.


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The Philippine SDGs


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