A World that Counts: Mobilizing the Data Resolution for Sustainable Development


At a time when nations have signed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report provides a good resource to ensure the achievement of the goals. Defining data as the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw materials for accountability, A World that Counts discloses the importance of data to the success of the SDGs. Data are crucial to gathering participation, addressing key issues, monitoring progress, and holding governments and the United Nations (UN) accountable.

The report, prepared at the request of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and the UN, teaches how the use of data is not just for sharing knowledge, but how it has helped countries like Indonesia and Rwanda, as well as organisations such as UNICEF and WHO perform better in ensuring safe practices, improving policy making and fighting against malaria.

To learn about the features of good data, basic principles for data revolution, the role of the government and the private sector in gathering data, and the test of any data revolution; this report makes a good reference material. Furthermore, it gives a four (4) action areas recommendation on how to mobilize the data revolution for sustainable development that is the core of the report.

Publishers: Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG)/United Nations (UN)

Date of Publication: November 2014

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