UNSC 50 to Prepare for First Review “Window” for SDG Indicators
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Stefan Schweinfest, Director of UN Statistics Division, briefed UN Member States and stakeholders on the 50th session of the UN Statistical Commission that will take place from 5-8 March 2019.

Schweinfest indicated that, since it was “hard to decide on indicators for 15 years,” the SDG indicator framework was adopted with two “windows,” 2020 and 2025, when the SDG indicators will be comprehensively reviewed.

19 February 2019: The UN Statistics Division briefed UN Member States and stakeholders on the 50th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), which will take place from 5-8 March 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The session will begin the process of opening the first review “window” on the SDG indicator framework, while also celebrating the Commission’s 50th anniversary.

Stefan Schweinfest, Director of UN Statistics Division, provided the briefing on 19 February 2019, in New York, US. He mentioned that while 120 to 140 country representatives attended the 49th session of the Commission (UNSC 49) in 2018, this year’s meeting is expected to gather 400-700 people, given the marking of the UNSC’s 50th anniversary. Approximately 80 side events are being organized.

On data and indicators, Schweinfest indicated that, since it was “hard to decide on indicators for 15 years,” the SDG indicator framework was adopted with two “windows,” 2020 and 2025, when the SDG indicators will be comprehensively reviewed. At the 2019 UNSC, countries will discuss the modalities for the first comprehensive review of the SDG indicators in 2020. The UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be the entity presenting revised indicators for consideration in 2020.

Participants will also discuss ways of making the Commission more efficient, including a proposal to establish a UN Chief Statistician post. Discussions will cover a research paper on how to make the UN system more coordinated with regard to statistics.

Schweinfest said the UNSC 50 will include a session on Financing for Data and Statistics, in order to address how more can be done with the resources available. He noted that many countries request capacity support from the Division in the context of the SDGs, which reflects the insufficiency of funding available from multilateral and bilateral sources.

Finally, Schweinfest said UNSC 50 will include a panel on migration statistics. [UNSC 50 Website] [IAEG-SDGs Website] [SDG Knowledge Hub Sources]


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