Better data. Better lives.
As we celebrate World Statistics Day, the demand for internationally comparable data is reaching new heights with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The challenge lies in defining a measurement agenda to help ensure that the promises of the SDGs become reality by 2030.
The UIS is helping to pave the way forward by providing the technical advice needed to define and produce the indicators and benchmarks that countries can use to monitor progress globally while improving their policies. The stakes are high given the ambitious nature of the SDGs, which will require at least 100-120 indicators to monitor the 17 goals and 169 targets as well as more in-depth indicators for key fields, such as education.
The new indicators will require considerable investment to produce, but money is only part of the equation. Good data ultimately depend on the expertise and commitment of those producing them, and this is not in short supply. From Mongolia to Benin and Sweden, the UIS works with a network of national statisticians devoted to producing the data needed to make a difference in the lives of people in their countries and beyond.
These national statisticians are not just responding to international data requests – they are helping to develop the global SDG measurement agenda by working with the UIS to design and test new frameworks and indicators that reflect the policy issues and contexts of countries at all stages of development.
Thanks to their commitment, the UIS has been able to build the world’s most comprehensive international education database while expanding into cutting-edge areas such as innovation and cultural employment. So on World Statistics Day, we pay tribute to the ongoing support and expertise of national statisticians who are laying the foundations to monitor the SDGs.