What is not counted doesn’t count: measuring progress towards the global target on universal identity
Source: The World Bank
Less than a month after the adoption of the new global development agenda – Agenda 2030 – the question “A Legal Identity for All by 2030: What Will It Take?” brought together 32 development practitioners and scholars for a three-day workshop to discuss an answer to this question, and how progress towards a legal identity for all could be measured. The workshop was co-hosted by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) based in New York and the Civil Registration Centre for Development (CRC4D) of The Hague, The Netherlands.
Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and its 169 targets adopted by the UN for the 2015—2030 period, the focus in this workshop was on SDG target 16.9: “By 2030 provide legal identity for all including birth registration.” While Agenda 2030 has now become a compass for policy for every country in the world rather than developing countries only, there still is work to do on deciding how and with the use of which core indicators the implementation of the agenda will be monitored. Later this month, the Inter-Agency Expert Group (IAEG) will convene in Bangkok for its 2nd meeting to discuss with what yardsticks to measure whether in coming years the world community and individual countries are on track to achieve the SDGs, including legal identity for all.