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UN World Data Forum

New York, 29 September 2016 - The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report

New York, 19 July 2016 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 presents an overview of where the world stands relative to the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda, supported by multiple charts and infographics. This report follows the recently published report of the United Nations Secretary-General on "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals" (E/2016/75), both of which are based on the proposed global indicator framework that was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed, as a practical starting point, by the UN Statistical Commission in March this year.

Secretary-General's report on Progress towards the SDGs is now available

New York, 30 June 2016 - The report of the United Nations Secretary-General on "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals" (E/2016/75) presents the first overview of the current global situation relative to the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda, on the basis of the proposed global indicator framework that was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed, as a practical starting point, by the UN Statistical Commission in March this year.

The Secretary-General's report is available in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish)

Chair of the Statistical Commission addresses the Economic and Social Council

New York, 1 June 2016 - The chair of the Statistical Commission, Ms. Wasmalia Bivar of Brazil, addressed the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 1 June during its Coordination and Management Meeting. Ms. Bivar, who provided her briefing by videolink, informed the Council that the Statistical Commission at its last session in March had agreed “as a practical starting point” on a global indicator framework, which had been developed by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). She also informed the Council of the recent work of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the plans for a first UN World Data Forum to be held in Capetown, South Africa, in January 2017.

The presentation (English, Spanish) was followed by a short Q&A session.

Chair of the Statistical Commission addresses the Commission on Population and Development

New York, 12 April 2016 - The chair of the Statistical Commission, Ms. Wasmalia Bivar of Brazil, addressed the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) on 12 April during its 49th session. Ms. Bivar provided her briefing by videolink. Ms. Bivar informed CPD that the Statistical Commission at its last session in March had agreed "as a practical starting point" on a global indicator framework, which had been developed by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). She also assured CPD delegates of the Statistical Commission's intention to use all its capacity to ensure full implementation of the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme. Ms. Bivar called upon CPD to continue the close cooperation of the two sister Commissions to support of the of the implementation the 2030 Agenda.

The presentation (English, Spanish) was followed by a short Q&A session.

Last missing piece completes architecture of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On Friday, 11 March 2016, the United Nations Statistical Commission agreed on a global indicator framework for monitoring progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, which includes 230 global indicators proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs) (see press release). It is a robust framework intended for follow-up and review of progress at the global level towards achieving the 17 SDGs. The IAEG-SDGs will continue its technical work to review and refine the indicators as needed, and to further develop the necessary methodologies.

SDG indicators: The last missing piece of the 2030 Agenda

A new feature article in the March issue of UN DESA Voice newsletter highlights the upcoming session of the Statistical Commission and the work of the IAEG-SDG on the development of a global SDG indicator framework.

The World's Women 2015: Trends and Statistics has been launched on the World Statistics Day 2015 at UN Headquarters

The World's Women 2015: Trends and Statistics is the sixth edition in a series of reports produced by the United Nations Statistics Division. The report is produced every five years as called for specifically in the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The eight chapters of the report cover several critical areas of policy concerns identified in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action: population and families; health; education; work; power and decision-making; violence against women; environment; and poverty. In each area, a life-cycle approach is used to reveal the experiences of women and men during different periods of life-from childhood and the formative years, through the working and reproductive stages, to older ages.

MDG Report 2015 released

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 was launched in Oslo, Norway by the Secretary-General on 6 July 2015. The report provides a final assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs since their endorsement in 2000. It shows that significant progress has been made across all goals and that the global efforts to achieve the MDGs have saved the lives of millions and improved conditions for many more around the world. The report also acknowledges uneven progress and shortfalls in many areas, which need to be addressed in the new universal and transformative post-2015 development agenda.

United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted resolution on the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

On 10 June 2015, the United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution entitled "2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme". With this resolution, the Council urges Member States to conduct at least one population and housing census in the decade spanning from 2015-2024, and underscores the need for countries to implement internationally adopted quality standards for their conduct.