Development data are critical for policymaking and planning, and for monitoring and measuring progress towards national and global sustainable development goals. However, if the goal of ‘leaving no one behind’ is to be realised, more and better-targeted funding is required for National Statistical Systems to have adequate statistical evidence to inform policies and critical interventions, and to measure progress, particularly in developing countries where statistical systems are often under-resourced and under-staffed. Following the Dubai Declaration, there has been significant progress made by the High-level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building (HLG-PCCB), as well as the Bern Network on Funding Data for Development, in developing mechanisms that can generate more funidng, provide opportunities for better delivery of funds and promote mobilisation of domestic resources for data and statistics. With momentum gathering pace in the lead-up to the UN World Data Forum in October 2020, we have a unique opportunity to significantly increase and improve funding for data and development. This event seeks to convene discussions between heads of NSOs, donors, international organisations and other key stakeholders to: (i) provide an update on the current state-of-play on financing for development data and statistics; (ii) present cases where improved coordination between development partners and NSOs could be enhanced in order to ensure that additional resources are efficiently spent; (iii) receive feedback from national statisticians on the progress made, and their main concerns and ideas for the way forward; and (iv) pave the road to the deliberations and outcomes of the UN World Data Forum.
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