25 November 2014

In the run-up to 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will reach their deadline, several initiatives are underway to formulate a new set of goals and targets for sustainable development.

The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG), a UN-appointed task force, has released a proposal for the whole development agenda, including education.

Closely aligned with the education targets formulated by the OWG, the international education community has proposed a set of specific education and learning targets in the Muscat Agreement .

The challenge now lies in developing indicators to monitor these targets.

In response, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), coordinated by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and including members from the EFA Global Monitoring Report, the OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank, has proposed a set of indicators.

The TAG proposal, which draws on the OWG, Muscat Agreement and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is now available for consultation.


The consultation will run from 17 November 2014 to 30 January 2015.

Comments to the TAG proposal must be submitted using the feedback form (Excel or Word) and sent via email touis.publications@unesco.org with ‘Education Indicators Post-2015’ as a subject heading. (If using Internet Explorer, please SAVE the document to your computer when prompted.)


You are invited to comment on each indicator or skip to the end of the form to provide responses to the following:

1. For each target, does the report identify the best indicators that are most aligned with the concept and are already being tracked in a large number of countries?

2. What new indicators could be developed to be more closely aligned with the proposed targets and have the potential to be globally comparable?

3. For each target, please identify or propose the two most important indicators.

4. Are there key issues that the document has not addressed in a satisfactory way or other issues that also need to be taken into consideration?


Following the consultation, the TAG will review the list of indicators based on your feedback. The final proposal will be submitted for endorsement at the World Education Forum in Incheon (Korea) in May 2015.

The final documents will form the basis for discussions on the education targets of the sustainable development goals at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.


Consultation documents:


For further information, see: 

Post-2015 Education: Calling for your feedback on proposed indicators for a global agenda! (Albert Motivans)

Post-2015 Education Indicators (UIS)