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This stocktaking report attempts to provide an overview of big data, its use in the policymaking
context, the stakeholders and their roles and provides some suggested
actionable steps as a discussion stimulus for the “Big Data and the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development: Achieving the Development Goals in the Asia and the Pacific
Region” meeting in Bangkok on 14 - 15 December 2015.
Critical data for global, regional and national development policymaking are still lacking.
Many governments still do not have access to adequate data on their entire
populations. This is particularly true for the poorest and most marginalized, the very
people that leaders will need to focus on if they are to achieve zero extreme poverty
and zero emissions, and to ‘leave no one behind’ in the next 15 years. This is true, too,
for the international community, who will not be able to support the most vulnerable
and marginalized people without an overhaul of the current ways of gathering data.

Environment and Development Division +66 2 288 1234 [email protected]