Statistics are essential for achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda, as they allow us to plan and make decisions based on evidence. For example, when allocating budgets or creating social programs to prevent school dropout or malnutrition in early childhood.
National Statistical Offices (NSOs) have a great responsibility in the production and use of statistical data in the countries, because they ensure that the data complies with these four fundamental principles: 1) timely and disaggregated data; 2) use of non-traditional sources in official statistics; 3) quality; and 4) independence.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Context of the event
“None of the 2020 goals were fully accomplished due to insufficient data and existing gaps in official statistics,” said Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, during the Statistics Day 2021, organized by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) of Ecuador. He also mentioned that “closing information gaps, to achieve the 2030 Agenda, requires multi-stakeholder cooperation between academia, civil society and the private sector and NSOs”.
Roberto Castillo, Director of INEC Ecuador, was in charge of the opening remarks and agreed with Schönrock on the responsibility of NSOs to contribute to the 2030 Agenda, especially now that the country is facing a pandemic and migration processes are on the rise.
“The objective of this conference is to know what has happened and what are the challenges of Ecuador in terms of statistics. What actions can INEC take to achieve sustainable development,” said Castillo.
Schönrock also addressed the impact of the pandemic on several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Latin America and the Caribbean and reiterated the importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation to overcome the crisis:
- In 2020, 22 million people fell into poverty, reaching 33.7% of the population in the region.
- Women’s participation in the labor market decreased 6% compared to 2019.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INTERVENTION
From April to September 2020, Cepei and the ECLAC Statistics Division developed a theoretical-analytical exercise in which they presented the relationship between national measures addressing the pandemic and the potential impact on the SDGs. They stressed that post-COVID-19 recovery and response plans and strategies must be designed and implemented:
With support from international cooperation.
Articulation among countries at the regional level.
With broad and participatory processes.
It is the first time in human history that we have the resources to achieve a sustainable world.
Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei
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