Results of the Tendency Survey on SDG Priorities of OIC Member Countries
Date: 10 March 2018

SESRIC launched the Report on the Results of the Tendency Survey on SDG Priorities of OIC Member Countries during the Seventh Session of OIC Statistical Commission (OIC-StatCom) that was held on 2-3 May 2018 in Ankara, Turkey.

In line with the relevant resolutions taken during its sessions held in 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has designated SESRIC as a focal point at the OIC level for following up the SDGs indicator framework. The COMCEC has also tasked SESRIC with identifying the SDGs priorities of the OIC member countries and regular report submissions to its Follow-Up Sessions and Annual Sessions.

Submitted for the first time to 33rd Session of the COMCEC in 2017, this edition of the Report in the first half of 2018 summarizes the progress recorded at the global level concerning the work on the SDG indicator framework. The Report furthermore informs the readers about the SDG priorities of the OIC countries as per the results of the Tendency Survey on SDG Prioritites of OIC Member Countries designed, circulated, and collected by SESRIC since 2016 and briefs the readers about the limiting factors for the achievement of SDGs, SDG coordination mechanism and SDG data availability in OIC countries.

The Report shows that SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 5 (Gender Equality) are the prioritised SDGs at the OIC level as per the feedback received from respondent countries. The Report also uncovers that “Shortage of financial resources” is the most salient limiting factor and followed by “Lack of data sources to monitor and evaluate” concerning the achievement of SDGs by 2030.

In this connection, the Report discusses the SDG data availability in OIC countries. Across 244 global indicators, trend analysis is observed to be possible for only 69 indicators (28.3% of the total indicators) with a minimum of two data points available for the SDG indicators for at least 50 per cent of the OIC countries. At the OIC level, the data availability for only SDG 9, SDG 3, SDG 7 and SDG 15 is equal to or more than 50%. It is also observed that for 112 indicators, it is not possible to do either a trend analysis or a situation analysis due to lack of data. Of these 112 SDG indicators, 67 of them are classified as Tier III, 34 of them are Tier II, and 11 of them are Tier I indicators.

The Report invites the 23 OIC countries that have not responded at all to the Tendency Survey of SDG Priorities of OIC Member Countries to submit their responses on a timely basis so as to enable SESRIC to depict a more comprehensive SDG prioritisation at the OIC level.

The Report has been submitted to the 34th Meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the COMCEC. To be updated in accordance with the new incoming responses from OIC countries and changes in SDG data availability status, the Report will also be submitted to the 34th Session of COMCEC planned to be held in last quarter of 2018.

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