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Measurement of progress towards the SDGs through ICT indicators

World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2018
Monday, 19 March 2018, 14:30-16:15 hrs
Venue: Room C2, ITU Tower, Geneva, Switzerland


The session highlighted the work of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development Task Group on ICT for the SDGs. The task group was initiated in January 2017. The official launch was in June 2017 at the occasion of the WSIS Forum held in Geneva during the session organized by the Partnership.

The main objective of the task group on ICT for the SDGs is to propose a thematic list of ICT indicators that could be used to measure ICT availability and use in sectors relevant to the SDGs that are not covered in the global SDG indicators framework. The TG further aims at improving availability of disaggregated data, for the indicators that are defined in the thematic list, in addition to the ICT indicators included in the SDG measurement framework.

A first draft list was presented during the session, followed by a focus on three specific topical areas, e-waste, e-government and business indicators. The session ended with the availability of the indicators at the national level and how the list can be implemented in countries. The indicators will be open to feedback from the WSIS stakeholders, during and after the WSIS Forum 2018.


Alexandre Barbosa, Head of the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (, Brazil