Monitoring the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals


2016 to 2020


Under this activity, I will work with a panel of scientists appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations to monitor the achievement of global goals of sustainable development and the lessons that can be drawn for policies worldwide


The work is initiated at the highest level by the United Nations and I was invited into the panel of 15 scientists who will work on this initiative for the next four years. The work has global coverage and it affects a large spectrum of development outcomes from agriculture and food production to education, health, inequality, environmental issues, etc...


The work has just begun. We will draw from the rich mass of data compiled by UN and World Bank agencies on development trends and analyze these data as well as individual case studies to attempt to draw lessons on best practices to promote sustainable development. The primary audience is the entire UN system but then it extends to the global development community and policy makers across the world


The intended impact is to provide concrete lessons that policy makers across the world can build upon to design better policies. The goal will be a stronger, evidence-based communication of best practices across countries of the world. Concretely, my contribution will be to make it possible for individual countries to be more aware of what is being done (has been done) by other countries, and that turned out to be successful in these countries.

Submitted by: 

  • Eloundou-Enyegue, Parfait M

Researchers involved: 

  • Eloundou-Enyegue, Parfait M

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York