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Access MDG data using UN's web interface

The official MDG Indicators website contains data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The data and analyses are the product of the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators, coordinated by the United Nations Statistics Division.

In this activity you will download data and metadata for Sub-Saharan Africa from the following two indicators under Goal 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and Target 1.C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger:


Video: Access MDG data using UN's web interface

Step 1: Access the UN Millennium Development Goal Indicators

Go the UNs official MDG Indicators website at and click on the Data tab and then County Level Data.

Note: The UN's MDG data is open access and available to all.

Step 2: Select your data

In the Tree View which is displayed expand the All MDGs, Goal 1 and Target 1C folders to view all related indicators. (Note: those with a blue 'M' icon are official MDG indicators).

Highlight the two MDG indicators under Target 1.C (Tip - use the Ctrl key to select more than one option) and under the Regions tab choose Sub-Saharan Africa.

Use the check boxes to select your preferred display options. In this activity, we have chosen to tick the Display data type box and group the data by indicator.

Click the View data button and you will see the data you have selected shown in a colour coded table with footnotes about each of the data values.

Step 3: Download the data

On the right hand side of the screen there is an option to download this data in various formats - Excel, CSV or XML (footnotes are also downloaded).

Step 4: View the associated metadata

Under the Data tab you will see a number of options, click Metadata. In the Tree View that appears navigate to each of the indicators in turn and use the View Metadata button. Information about the indicator is given under the following headings: