A roadmap for unleashing the potential of data to accelerate 2030 Agenda

Sep 19, 2023

About the Event

In the framework of the second Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit, Cepei, PARÍS 21, Open Data Watch, the Global Partnership For Sustainable Development Data and SDSN TReNDS presented the Data 2030 Action Plan in which they set out their vision for a roadmap to harness the transformative potential of data worldwide by 2030.

Halfway through the 2030 Agenda, the vision presented by Cepei and its partners is based on the understanding that governments and multilateral organizations alone cannot produce, analyze, disseminate, and use the data needed to meet and monitor the SDGs. Inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships and governance of the systems that produce sustainable development data are crucial to harnessing the transformative potential of data.

The event took place in New York (United States) and began a series of actions that will lead the way to the United Nations World Data Forum in 2024. Allies, representatives of civil society, and the United Nations participated in the dialogue table, which made it possible to discuss the momentum of the data revolution and fulfill the commitment to have quality, timely, and open data to know the progress of the SDGs.

Key points

Five key points are critical to achieving a new momentum for data in sustainable development:

1.  Prioritize data for climate change, gender equality, and poverty reduction: the relevance of these three challenges has been explicitly recognized by the Political Declaration adopted at this SDG Summit.

2.  Double down on data investments at the national and sub-national levels: around the world, data systems are chronically underfunded and understaffed, impeding their modernization.

3.  Align policies on digital transformation and data system strengthening: digital divides and data gaps are mutually reinforcing obstacles. That is why it is key to take measures to reduce such gaps and strengthen international, national, and local data systems.

4.  Support national strategies to strengthen data systems: statistical systems should be modernized, starting with National Statistical Offices (NSOs). These should be empowered to lead the coordination of National Statistical Systems and statistical modernization efforts in line with the recommendations of the Cape Town Action Plan.

5.  Catalyze change through multi-stakeholder partnerships: Historically, data partnerships among stakeholders have been poorly coordinated, inequitable, or not supportive of government leadership in data modernization. This is why there is a need for the international community to support balanced partnerships that recognize national and local ownership of the data agenda.

The contribution of the private sector to the SDGs

In the task of understanding public-private data collaborations, in 2022 Cepei, together with LIRNEasia, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and in collaboration with the Local Development Research Initiative (LDRI) of Kenya, the Caribbean Open Institute (COI) of Jamaica and the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) of Palestine, created the SDG Acceleration Roadmap.

This initiative mapped 394 data actions from companies in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North Africa to understand their contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

As a result, eight case studies were published showing that data produced by the private sector provides support to the public sector through actions such as data sharing or the strengthening of digital systems in areas related to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and sustainable development issues.



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