PARIS21, SDSN and UN Agencies Urge Building National Statistical Capacity – IISD Reporting Services

October 2017: UN and different worldwide businesses are highlighting the necessity for elevated assist to nationwide statistical programs to enhance monitoring of the Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs) and proof-based mostly coverage making for sustainable improvement. Whereas some donors are serving to to construct capability in nationwide statistical programs, analysis reveals that extra assist – equivalent to for producing disaggregated and geo-referenced knowledge, and enabling interoperability in order that knowledge will be higher shared and utilized for coverage functions – is required.

The Sustainable Growth Options Community (SDSN) Thematic Analysis Community on Sustainable Growth Information has produced a report describing the varieties of information required to fulfill sustainable improvement challenges. It proposes methods through which nationwide statistical programs ought to evolve. The report titled, ‘Relying on the World: Building Trendy Information Programs for Sustainable Growth,’ notes that a lot of the information wanted for monitoring the SDGs is at the moment unavailable.

The authors suggest that governments ought to deal with making out there knowledge interoperable in order that it may be shared throughout line ministries, and utilizing various or multi-modal sources to assist fill present gaps. They suggest that every one stakeholders – personal corporations, academia, multilateral establishments and civil society – ought to assist governments in producing, cleansing, compiling, disseminating and analyzing knowledge, whereas acknowledging fears on knowledge safety, knowledge possession, and citizen privateness. They word that nationwide census knowledge – not often collected extra regularly than as soon as a decade – stay crucial supply of data for international locations.

The report concludes with an in depth roadmap of beneficial actions, together with: appointing Chief Information Officers in each nation; increasing the UN Statistical Fee’s annual conferences to incorporate the participation of non-official knowledge producers, probably structuring conferences round particular person SDGs or kinds of related knowledge; increasing the membership of the Inter-Company Professional Group on the SDGs (IAEG-SDGs) to incorporate non-governmental knowledge producers; and establishing a Heads of State-degree Taskforce or Excessive-degree Panel on the Information Revolution. In addition they name on worldwide donors to assist low-capability international locations set up sturdy authorized and regulatory knowledge frameworks.

The authors word the potential of initiatives such because the World Partnership for Sustainable Growth Information (GPSDD), and recommend that its working group on citizen-generated knowledge (CGD) set up an inter-company and professional group on CGD to assist set requirements and widespread strategies.

In associated information, the Partnership in Statistics for Growth within the 21st Century (PARIS21) has launched its report on what sources are supplied for statistics worldwide. The report titled, ‘Companion Report on Assist to Statistics,’ reveals that financing is inadequate for assembly expectations, and calls on worldwide donors to assist construct the capability of nationwide statistical places of work (NSOs). The authors did discover, nevertheless, that an rising share of official improvement help (ODA) is being directed to this goal, and higher variety of donors have change into concerned, together with the Gates and Hewlett Foundations. In 2015, assist for statistics reached US$541 million, principally going to beneficiaries in Africa and South Asia. The highest 5 donors supporting NSOs’ statistical capability have been the Authorities of Canada, the African Growth Financial institution, the European Fee (EC)/ Eurostat, the UN Inhabitants Fund (UNFPA) and the World Financial institution.

PARIS21 was created in 1999 by the UN, the EC, the Organisation for Financial Co-operation and Growth (OECD), the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) and the World Financial institution, as a partnership of statisticians, coverage makers, and different customers of statistics to advertise statistical capability improvement.

On three October, the UN Financial Fee for Africa (ECA) organized the Sixth Statistical Information and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) convention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a part of efforts to standardize the worldwide change of information. SDMX is an ISO customary for knowledge and metadata dissemination. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UN Statistics Division (UNSD), said that the SDGs provide “a novel alternative” to increase the attain of SDMX, and working group has been created to develop SDMX requirements for the SDGs. He emphasised the significance of interoperability of information to allow knowledge change and automation of change. He highlighted the governance facet of information change, noting that SDMX instruments can be found as open supply, and the work of SDMX is about creating and agreeing on constructions that can be utilized to current knowledge from the assorted statistical domains. The SDMX working group will conduct a pilot knowledge change in early 2018, and expects to current official constructions by the tip of that 12 months.

Additional, on 19 September, a excessive-degree aspect occasion befell throughout the Common Meeting assembly in New York, US on the subject, ‘Utilizing Information and Know-how to Obtain the SDGs: Tackling World Threats and Guaranteeing a Higher Future for Us All,’ organized by the governments of Kenya, Colombia, Ghana and Sierra Leone along with the GSMA and the GPSDD. Alicia Bárcena, Government Secretary, Financial Fee for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), known as for combining conventional statistics with massive knowledge and geo-referenced knowledge for the needs of sustainable improvement and humanitarian motion. On the occasion, which concerned ministers, senior officers and representatives of the telecommunications business, Bárcena highlighted situations of collaboration between the general public and personal sector, for instance, tracing the routes taken by Central American migrants via their cell phone site visitors as a method of implementing insurance policies to guard the human rights of migrants. She urged all involved to increase their efforts to supply disaggregated knowledge that can allow consideration to be given to the wants of ladies, women, older individuals, and indigenous peoples. She talked about examples of ECLAC’s assist for measuring regional and nation progress in direction of the SDGs, together with via the work of the Statistical Convention of the America (SCA-ECLAC), and the UN Regional Fee on World Geospatial Data Administration for the Americas (UN-GGIM Americas). [SDSN Report Web Page] [SDSN report: Counting on the World: Building Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development] [PARIS21 Press Release] [PRESS 2017: Partner Report on Support to Statistics] [ECA Press Release] [ECLAC Press Release]

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PARIS21, SDSN and UN Agencies Urge Building National Statistical Capacity - IISD Reporting Services