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Measuring Progress through Data and Narratives: Celebrating the First Anniversary of the 2030 Agenda

Member States of the United Nations recognized the power of goal setting for achieving objectives through their decision in June 2012, to negotiate a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They confirmed this recognition in September 2015, when they adopted 17 SDGs and 169 targets at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. These decisions embody the expectation that setting goals matters in governance settings, and that data to measure implementation provide critical tools to enable progress towards the goals.
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