Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and meeting government aspirations to provide a better life for their people, will require more and better data. However, there are some critical data gaps that limit the world’s ability to achieve the SDGs:
Less than half the countries in the world have any data on violence against women. The suffering and deaths of millions of women worldwide are invisible to policymakers and therefore can’t be tackled effectively.
Two-thirds of all deaths worldwide are not registered. Lack of data makes it harder to design effective public health policies and means that progress on global health priorities such as ending maternal mortality in many countries can only be tracked by estimates and models.
Global figures on deforestation are four years out of date, though approximately 15 billion trees are cut down each year. Data relevant to curbing global emissions must be accurate if we are to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Of the three most populous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, only one has poverty data from a survey conducted after the SDGs were agreed in 2015. Infrequent poverty statistics hinder evidence-based policy-making across all areas of government activity.
Better data is an urgent priority, but many developing countries are still struggling to deliver basic statistics and civil registration services. Disruptive technologies hold great promise, but investments may fail to support the building of national statistical systems in low-income and low-capacity contexts. Adequate funding is held back, domestically by low political awareness of the benefits of better data and by competing priorities, and internationally by support that is often too narrowly earmarked and/or poorly coordinated and does not effectively leverage new actors.
This event brings together national statistical offices, UN agencies, multilateral development banks, bilateral donors and global networks, with the aim to catalyze a broad partnership behind more and better funding for development data and statistics ahead of the United Nations World Data Forum 2020 in Bern, Switzerland. It will introduce the case for more and better financing for data and statistics, review needs and opportunities for transformative approaches to data financing and discuss possible solutions to narrow the SDG data gap.
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