HLPF 2020 – Side-Event: On the way to the UNWDF – why gender data and accountability matter


Welcome and moderation

– H.E. Ms. Pascale Baeriswyl, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

Opening and closing remarks on the new reality for national statistical offices pertaining to the 2030 Agenda and the COVID-19 pandemics and the UN World Data Forum

– Mr. Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General, Swiss Federal Statistical Office and Ms. Francesca Perucci, Director of the UN Statistical Division

Inputs on the need for gender disaggregated data – link to the Beijing+25 process and why such data are needed even more in a pandemic

– Mr. Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women

– Ms. Rachel Snow, Chief, Population and Development Branch, UNFPA

Input on financing for gender data – how to reach more and better financing data for development

– Ms. Jurei Yada, Coordination Lead, Bern Network/PARIS21


Data and statistics are the backbone of political and democratic discussions. They should enable monitoring, inform political decision-making, support new policies and lead to evidence-based political outcomes. Policy agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development require high-quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data to monitor related processes and ensure accountability.
Switzerland and the UN jointly organize the third UN World Data Forum (UNWDF). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNWDF is postponed. In the run-up to the UNWDF, Switzerland has launched the so-called Road to Bern initiative that prepares the Forum’s discussions and includes the four main areas: (I) Data for Social Accountability, (II) Financing of Statistics and Data, (III) Gender Statistics, as well as (IV) Digitization. The initiative is extended to the new opening day of the UNWDF. Further, the side-event will contribute to the deliberations in the context of the Generation Equality Forum that is postponed to the first half of 2021.
In times of crisis, gender equality is a goal that is often temporarily put on hold. However, responses that fail to incorporate a gender lens are highly likely to exacerbate existing inequalities, aggravate vulnerabilities and undermine progress already made towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, they run the risk of missing out on emerging opportunities to accelerate change. The current COVID-19 pandemic makes no exception. Investing in gender statistics is key to fully understand the epidemiological, social and economic risks and impacts of the pandemic, to inform fact-based policies to address this worldwide crisis, and, ultimately, to leave no one behind. Further, the side-event will focus on how improved data collection and financing could counteract this and generate better policy outcomes in the long run.
The side event will: • Provide an inside on the work of National Statistical Offices during the current COVID-19 pandemic; • Provide information on the virtual UN World Data Forum; • Give an inside on the gender topic related to data and statistics; and finally • Present the work of the Bern Network on Funding Data for Development and how more and better funding can be reached.
More information can be found under https://unstats.un.org/unsd/undataforum/index.html

Please register latest by Monday, 6 July 2020 under agenda2030@eda.admin.ch

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