Skip to main content

CES Steering Group on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals

Contact person: Mr. Jonathan Gessendorfer


The Steering Group guides and coordinates the CES work on Statistics for SDGs. Its mission is to be a key resource providing guidance to countries on statistical follow-up to the 2030 Agenda through numerous vehicles, including meetings, workshops, guidelines, tools, websites and international collaboration. The Steering Group aims to play a pioneering role by identifying emerging issues and strategic topics for the future.

Workplan & Terms of reference

Friends Network

The Steering Groups is complemented by a Friends Network where all interested countries and organizations can join. The network will provide an opportunity for its members to stay informed and contribute to the work by joining Task Forces and Task Teams.

Principal outputs and key resources

The Road Map on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals provides a strategy on how to implement a system for producing data on SDGs and guides the members of the Conference of European Statisticians in this work. The second edition of the road map was adopted by the Conference in 2021 and published in February 2022.

The Knowledge Hub for Statistics on SDGs provides a convenient way to navigate the UNECE data, meetings, tools, guidance and other resources for Statistics for SDGs.

Recent and upcoming meetings organized by the Steering Group

2024: Eighth Expert Meeting on Statistics for SDGs

2024: Halfway to the 2030 Agenda. How to further boost the efficiency of the global statistical community - Side event to the 55th session of the UN Statistical Commission

2024: Using the taxonomy for indicators related to the SDGs - Virtual side event to the 55th session of the UN Statistical Commission

2023: Seventh Expert Meeting on Statistics for SDGs

2022: Sixth Expert Meeting on Statistics for SDGs

2022: Webinar on the importance of collaboration between statisticians and policy makers and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2022: Session 3 of the UNECE Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

Groups of Experts established by the Steering Group

To support its work, the Steering Group can submit proposals to the CES Bureau to establish groups of experts (Task Forces or Task Teams) to undertake concrete tasks and activities. Many of these groups have already fulfilled their mandate.

Background information