Accelerating progress in the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data
Hangzhou Declaration (PDF)
Prepared by the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- We, present in Hangzhou, China and across the world to mark the 2023 United Nations World Data Forum, representing a diverse stakeholder group of governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia and professional bodies.
- Reflecting at the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 agenda) that high-quality, timely, open and inclusive data remain a key component to accelerating the progress needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address the multiple crises that are threatening food security, the eradication of poverty, health, education, the environment and peace and security.
- Recognizing that the 2030 agenda requires that this community of stakeholders in the global data ecosystem continue to advance in the way they spur data innovation, nurture partnerships, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development.
- Acknowledging that the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data (CTGAP), launched at the first United Nations World Data Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2017 and adopted by the UN Statistical Commission, and welcomed by member states in the General Assembly resolution 71/313,1 remains the strategic document by which this community's efforts are directed in response to the data needs of the 2030 Agenda.
- Further acknowledging each Forum marks a further step forward by the community from the original CTGAP to the Dubai Declaration (2018) calling for an innovative funding mechanism to support the implementation of the CTGAP; and more recently the Global data community and official statistical system's response to Covid-19 (2020) followed by the Bern Data Compact for the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (2021), which laid out the role of official statistics and National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in the wider data ecosystem as the world emerged from the pandemic
- Emphasizing the investment case for high-quality, timely, open and inclusive data has never been more resounding, yet many parts of the population, especially the more vulnerable and hardest to reach, are still under served in this area.
- Noting the accelerated progress made by this community to:
- Adopt more innovative practices with data and statistics through initiatives likeData for Now;
- Expand collaboration and coordination with more parts of the data ecosystem through the launch of a new programme on citizen-generated data to empower individuals and communities to contribute to data production, take control of their data and improve their lives;
- Establish more private-public partnerships to enhance visibility, use and impact of data for policy and decision-making at all levels.
We resolve to:
- Coordination and strategic leadership on data for sustainable development
- Innovation and modernization of national data and statistical systems, with particular focus on addressing the monitoring needs of the 2030 Agenda
- Dissemination and use of sustainable development data
- Multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize resources and coordinate efforts for statistical capacity development in infrastructure and human resources.
We call for:
Hangzhou, 27 April 2023
1 General Assembly resolution 71/313. Work of the UN Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/71/313 (10 July 2017), available from undocs.org/A/RES/71/313.