Eighth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

Published Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Susanne Melde (Senior Analyst, IOM’s GMDAC) attended the 8th meeting of the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5–8 November.  

Review of the tier classification was among the main topics of discussion. By the end of the meeting, two key changes were made that were relevant to SDG target 10.7.2, the central migration reference in the UN’s 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.   

1. Change in Name — The indicator now refers to the “Number of countries with migration policies to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people.” It no longer refers to well-managed migration policies as well-managed is difficult to measure.  
   
2. Reclassification — The indicator has been upgraded from Tier III to Tier II, meaning it has a conceptually clear, internationally established methodology and standards (although data are not regularly produced by countries yet).  

IOM and UN DESA have been working on developing a methodology to measure the indicator 10.7.2 “the number of countries with migration policies to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people.” This indicator is based on the United Nations Twelfth Inquiry among Governments on Population and Development structured according to the six policy domains found in the Migration Governance Framework, welcomed by the IOM Council in 2015.   

The next meeting of the group will be held in March or April 2019.