“Leaving no one behind” is the cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international development agenda formally adopted by the UN and its member states in September, 2015.1 To deliver on this aim, it is essential to measure where advances have been achieved—and where challenges or new threats are occurring—through routinely updated, comparable monitoring and evaluation.2, 3 After the SDGs’s adoption, debate continued around the SDG indicator framework, implementation, and monitoring,4 which ultimately led to an open call for revision proposals overseen by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) in 2016. In March, 2017, the UN Statistical Commission agreed on several indicator revisions and established formal mechanisms for ongoing indicator refinement and additions.5 At this time, 232 individual SDG indicators are included in the global SDG indicator framework,5 aligned with the original 17 goals and 169 targets. 50 health-related indicators (ie, indicators that directly involve health services, health outcomes, and risk factors with…….

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