Tag: Millennium Development Goals
Feb. 14, 2014 – Andrea Titus
“Wanted: A New Data Revolution.” Such was the call issued by the United Nations High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda last year, no doubt in response to the two defining features of the current data landscape in development policy. The first is the dubious accuracy of national and official statistics that currently serve as the foundation of evidence for decisionmaking. The second is the rapid rise of technologies, social media, and crowdsourcing capabilities that have the potential to unlock new sources of data that are, at least on face, appealingly transparent and participatory.
When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established at the start of the century, they placed a new focus on the importance of measurable development indicators on a global scale. From the start, however, there have been serious concerns about the quality of the data we use to assess progress towards the MDGs, much of which relies on infrequent censuses and extrapolation, filtered through national governments. As the World Bank notes just alongside its interactive data portal, “the quality of global data depends on how well these national systems perform,” and performance is uneven at best.
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October 23, 2013 – Mrinalini Singh
The United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK), in collaboration with Witan Media has released a major publication on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda. The publication follows the September 2013 UN Special Event on this theme. At this meeting, states agreed to increase their efforts on making further progress towards achieving the MDGs before their 2015 target date, and to pursue next year international negotiations culminating in the adoption of a new development framework. The publication, Global Development Goals: Leaving No One Behind, offers analysis and recommendations in both these areas. It considers the context in which the MDGs were developed, assesses progress to date, offers views on achieving the 2015 targets, and provides insights into the creation of the post-2015 agenda. Particular emphasis is placed on those factors that have yielded the greatest advances, and the areas most in need of urgent attention.
Over 50 officials and experts from the world over have contributed to the publication, including:
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica
Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development
Richard Jolly, Institute … Read More »