Data on deaths in armed conflict was included this year for the first time in the UN Secretary General’s annual report on Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This category of information should now be included in every future annual report.
The data on deaths covers 12 situations of armed conflict during the period 2015 – 2017, and appears in the statistical annex of the main report. As required under SDG indicator 16.1.2, the data is broken down to show weapons used in each death. The data was provided by OHCHR, which is the custodian agency for SDG indicator 16.1.2. Although the scope and detail of the data published in this initial report is very limited, it remains an important milestone towards the recording of every death in armed conflict.