February 2022 UNSC 53 Side Event & Open Virtual Meeting

8 FEB 2022   8:00 AM NYC EST   Virtual

As part of the 53rd session of the UN Statistical Commission, a side event on "The use of non-traditional data and quality assurance in SDG monitoring" was hosted by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) on Tuesday, 8 February at 8am NYC EST.

This side event discussed aspects related to representativeness, definition and validation of data from non-traditional data sources for SDG indicators, confidentiality issues, comparability with other data, capacity building, and the possibility to bridge data gaps. The event also sought to broaden the perspective of the use of quality assurance frameworks to ensure the quality of statistics produced by non-traditional data sources and methods.

The side event was open to all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders.

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Resources for participants


  • Agenda item 2.

  • UK: non-traditional data quality assessment tool, Ms. Atanaska Nikolova, Senior Statistical Analyst, UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) (PDF)
  • Agenda item 3.

  • Philippines: data innovations and using non-traditional data sources, Ms. Wilma A. Guillen, Assistant National Statistician of the Social Sector Statistics Service, Philippine Statistics Authority (PDF)
  • Agenda item 4.

  • Colombia: examples of experimental statistics in Colombia and quality criteria, Ms. Karen Chavez, Head of SDG Indicators Unit/Advisor, National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) (PDF)
  • Agenda item 5.

  • Jordan: project on measuring road access for indicator 9.1.1, Ms. Ahlam Al Rosan, IT Director, Jordan Department of Statistics (PDF)
  • Agenda item 6.

  • India: country initiatives for the integration of data sources for SDG monitoring, Dr. Ashutosh Ojha, Deputy Director General, Social Statistics Division, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (PDF)