“The pandemic shows the importance of reliable data in managing a crisis.”

A large number of States do not have statistics and information they can use to assess, for example, the situation of threatened populations. Under such conditions, it is difficult to measure the efficiency and progress of sustainable development at a global level. For Jacques Ducrest, the definition of international standards for data and statistics could also help nations to cope better with pandemics.

“The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 sustainable development goals and 247 indicators is universally valid: all UN State members have to contribute to it. This standardisation of indicators and data on a worldwide scale enables Switzerland and its partners to coordinate the measures they take and thus to manage global problems such as climate change or hunger more efficiently.

In his interview, Jacque Ducrest explained the importance to Switzerland of organising the next UNWDF, which will take place in 2021. He also talked about this years virtual Forum, the Road to Bern programme that is preparing discussions for the Forum and the topic of the 2030 Agenda and data in general.

Read the whole interview: https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/fdfa/fdfa/aktuell/newsuebersicht/2020/10/virtual-world-data-forum.html