About the MDG Monitor and the MDGs
About the data and information
The MDG Monitor showcases existing UN data. The figures presented are from the official MDG Indicators database, maintained by the UN Statistics Division, in close collaboration with agencies and organizations within and outside the UN system, including UN DESA's Statistics and Population Divisions, UNDP's Human Development Reports, and the World Bank's World Development Indicators. The complete MDG database can be accessed at http://mdgs.un.org .
The statistics presented are compiled by specialized agencies within their area of expertise. They are drawn from data provided by national Governments to the UN international statistical system, and usually adjusted for comparability. The availability of data needed to calculate the indicators in each country depends on the capacity of the national statistical departments to produce the necessary data and/or to report them in a timely manner to the relevant international agencies. In some instances, national Governments may have more recent statistics that have not been reported to the international statistical system; in other cases, countries do not produce the data required for the compilation of the indicators or do not report their data. When this occurs, international agencies make estimates based on data available on related variables or other methodologies. A complete description of how the estimates and adjustments are produced is contained in the metadata section of the MDG database.
The country-level "MDG Profile" narratives are based on information supplied by national Governments and UNDP country offices. Country-level assessments of progress by goal ("Very likely to be achieved", "Possible to achieve", etc.), are derived primarily from national MDG reports.
Questions about data and information, or any other aspect of the MDG Monitor, can be addressed to email@example.com.