UNWD 2021: Multi-stakeholder partnerships reduce data gaps for SDGs monitoring

“The multi-stakeholder approach to the SDGs promotes higher participation from stakeholders in research and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. Thus, generating evidence and knowledge is becoming increasingly relevant for research centers and civil society, as it allows them to follow the progress made in implementing the SDG Targets and call decision-makers to action”. 

Fredy Rodríguez, Margarita Vaca

September 24, 2021

The UN World Data Forum (UNWDF) is considered to be the most important world meeting on data. It brings together producers, users, and promoters of data and statistics that are part of Governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic organizations, international agencies, the geospatial community, the media, the academic community, and professional organizations. 

The UNWDF is an opportunity to share experiences in the framework of collective learning, identify common challenges and create partnerships to strengthen actions to enhance the use of data for sustainable development. 

In the framework of the Forum’s activities, Cepei will co-organize 3 sessions and 1 parallel session together with partners such as the Global Partnership, Tanzania Datalat, Telefonica Tech, DANE and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 

This year, Cepei seeks to enhance the importance of creating multi-stakeholder partnerships, by presenting successful cases and improvement opportunities to showcase the potential of administrative records for statistical purposes and the use of nontraditional sources of information, specifically telecommunications data, as an opportunity to close information gaps and meet the new information demands to measure the Sustainable Development Goals. 

We look forward to seeing you at UNWDF 2021 to continue building a data-driven world!

Join the different sessions organized by Cepei and other stakeholders by registering to the Forum here.

Main messages

Multi-stakeholder data partnerships are essential to ensure that data is used in planning, decision making, and evidence-based policy formulation for sustainable development.

Administrative records are an important data source for addressing information gaps in SDGs monitoring.

Non-traditional data sources such as satellite imagery, CDRs, social networks or citizen-generated data contribute to SDGs monitoring, as they collect valuable information for the analysis of social, economic, political, environmental and cultural phenomena.

About the authors

Fredy Rodríguez, Program Officer Data for Sustainable Development, Cepei


Margarita Vaca, Data Researcher, Cepei