ESCAP News In Brief: March 14, 2014

Latest news updates from ESCAP.

Wide support to ESCAP's call for a goal on statistics in the post-2015 development agenda

Countries from Asia-Pacific and other regions lend their strong support to ESCAP's proposal for the inclusion of a goal on statistics development in the post-2015 development agenda. The call was made at the 45th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), the highest statistical forum in the world, which last convened on 4-7 March 2014 in New York. Drawing on the lessons learned from the MDGs and looking ahead at the emerging post-2015 development agenda, ESCAP called for the UNSC to take the lead in positioning statistics as a development objective in its own right; proposing measurements of progress towards effective national statistical systems and forming a new global partnership on development data. In their interventions, many countries, including Papua New Guinea speaking on behalf of the Pacific and Nigeria on behalf of Africa, agreed with the ideas put forth in ESCAP's report "Statistics and the post-2015 development agenda: Perspectives from the Asian and Pacific region" and supported a goal on statistics development. Countries highlighted the importance of galvanizing targeted support for the development of institutions and infrastructure to produce basic statistics and enable monitoring of new goals and targets.