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Blog-post: Data revolution for Sustainable Development

Posted date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014
Source of the information: - what comes after the MDGs?

The call of the UN’s High Level Panel on Post-2015 for a ‘data revolution’ is gaining momentum. But what does this call for a data revolution mean?  It means many things:  

  • building on the wealth of official statistics that already exist in national statistical systems;
  • collecting more and better data on old and new emerging aspects of well-being;
  • compiling data faster for real-time analysis and dissemination of data;
  • combining traditional data sources with new ones, such as big data, remote sensing, mobile phone data, etc.;
  • producing and using data in new ways to promote transparency and accountability;
  • using and integrating data in informed decision-making and policies that affects people’s lives;
  • and using data to monitor policy implementation.

The central focus of the new Post-2015 paradigm will be on eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, with a stronger emphasis on inequality and inclusiveness. Goals and targets must take into account current and future populations, changing age structures, mobility patterns, city growth and changes in the spatial distribution of people. Indicators, in turn, must be disaggregated by sex, age, social, economic, and ethnic characteristics.(...)