The Secretariat of the TCG convened its Members to a meeting on 21 June 2021 to present the most recent activities and developments on the implementation of the SDG 4 Thematic Indicator Framework. The TCG Members and observers invited were briefed on the following topics:

1.      TCG progress and update on benchmarks Member States, regional organizations and partners in all regions have been actively collaborating to implement the regional benchmarking process and discuss indicators for regional benchmarking, which will take into consideration the disparities across regions and guide countries in setting benchmarks at the national level.

2.      Equity benchmarks In October 2020, the TCG approved a technical and political process for setting benchmarks. However, the seventh benchmark indicator on equity remained to be discussed in greater detail. Since then, options have been explored and were presented to the TCG Members.

3.      Regional/global aggregates So far, such aggregates have been reported for 5 of the 12 SDG 4 Global Indicators. This year at the 2021 UNSG SDG Report, regional and global aggregates will be reported for almost all SDG 4 indicators for the first time. Yet, an agreement must be reached on the definitions and methodologies for regional averages for most SDG 4 indicators.

This consultation seeks the TCG voting Members agreement on two general topics: benchmark indicator on equity and regional/global aggregates. Votes will be counted as stipulated in the TCG Rules for Voting.