The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been remarkably successful in focusing attention and mobilizing resources to address the major gaps in human development, but future goals must reach beyond traditional development thinking to become higher sustainable one-world goals that apply to poor and rich countries alike. On April 10-11, 2012, CIGI and the Korean Development Institute co-hosted a conference at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France. Statisticians, metrics and issue experts, and development practitioners convened to discuss the options for indicators to underpin potential post-2015 development goals.

This conference report, prepared by CIGI Senior Fellow Barry Carin and Nicole Bates-Eamer, discusses possible indicators for 12 future potential goals. Reviewing a menu of indicators for the 12 candidate goals, this paper seeks to inform the future process of selecting the post-2015 successors to the MDGs, by contributing technical inputs to the official United Nations process. Rather than advocate any particular issue area, this paper provides a compendium of the best options for each goal.

Nicole Bates-Eamer is a research assistant at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria.

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  • Nicole Bates-Eamer is an independent research consultant in Victoria, B.C. She has been the researcher for CIGI and KDI’s Toward a Post-2015 Development Agenda project since its inception in 2009.