(TAX.01) Closing session: Implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data– the way forward

DP World Hall October 24, 2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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George W. McCarthy
Francesca Perucci
Nnenna Nwakanma
Abdulla Lootah
Zachary Mwangi
Mahmoud Mohieldin
Gabriella Vukovich
Sofie Habram
Stefan Schweinfest
Rajesh Mirchandani

The adoption of the Cape Town Global Action Plan (CTGAP) by the United Nations Statistical Commission and endorsement by the General Assembly in its resolution (A/RES/71/313) on work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a significant step toward addressing the statistical capacity building necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda. The plan provides a strategic framework for planning and implementation of interventions and programmes to address statistical capacity building needs.
Over the course of the Forum, a number of sessions will discuss ongoing projects and national experiences related to the implementation of the CTGAP. There will be challenges for the successful implementation of the Plan, including financial constraints faced in achieving fully-modernized statistical systems required to meet the data demands of the 2030 Agenda. During the Forum, numerous initiatives will be launched by a wide range of actors, important commitments will be made at the political level to provide the necessary support, and partnerships will be established, including between private sector entities and governments. In addition, the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building will present an implementation guide for the CTGAP, including a financial framework.

In this high-level session, panelists will highlight key messages from the three-day Forum and discuss commitments on how to ensure that the data revolution be put in full action and that the necessary support is available at the national and international levels including sufficient funding.

The session will consist of two parts both organized as panels, each with a duration of 45 minutes. Moderated by Mr. Rajesh Mirchandani, UN Foundation

The first part will include a roundtable dialogue among key stakeholders from the different data communities represented at the Forum to highlight the key messages and achievements of the UNWDF, linking these messages to the CTGAP and its implementation.

  • Mr. George W. McCarthy, President and CEO, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Ms. Francesca Perucci, UNSD
  • Ms. Nenna Nwakanma, Web Foundation
  • HE Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director General, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority
  • Mr. Zachary Mwangi, Kenya and Chair of the Statistical Commission

The second part will bring together high-level political and international representation to discuss the political and high-level commitments to the implementation of the CTGAP and its financing. The speakers might launch initiatives and provide the political support for the financing of statistics and data for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

  • Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank
  • Ms. Gabriella Vukovich, President of the Hungarian Central Statistical Authority
  • Ms. Sofie Habram, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the UN Statistics Division, DESA