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null UN Data Revolution Report - "A World that counts"

In August 2014 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked an Independent Expert Advisory Group to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development. The group has now published the report, which is avialable online.


The recent report of the UN secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development entitled "A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development Goals"1 provides a very clear and concise articulation of the value of Official Statistics but also the challenge facing Official Statistics:


  • Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability. Without high-quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right time; designing, monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible.


  • The world in which we live is changing fast and indeed is changing continuously. Operating in such an environment, as Official Statisticians do, requires an ability to adapt and innovate if we are to remain relevant. The pace of change in recent times has created many challenges for Official Statisticians but also a range of opportunities. Our focus must be on the "art of the possible" while remaining cognisant of, but not paralysed by, the challenges.




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