Mobilizing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Blog by Caya Johnson, MY World Global Youth Advocate

A World that Counts

“Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability.
Without high-quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right
time; designing, monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible.” 

– A World that Counts – Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development a report by the IEAG on the Data Revolution, November 2014

In the period leading up to the adoption on the 2015 global sustainable development agenda, a revolution has been emerging at the UN  – a data revolution for sustainable development.

In their report published in May 2013, the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called for a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development to improve the quality of information for both people and governments, for  purposes including a higher standard of accountability and decision-making. The High Level Panel stressed the need for disaggregated data, specifically by gender, income, disability and other categories in order to ensure inclusivity underpins the post 2015 agenda.

Data Revolution Logo for NapkinsIn August 2014, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution tasked with providing expert recommendations on how data can be used to maximum effect in the development work of the UN.

Last Thursday the group launched their report entitled  A World that Counts – Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The report specifically recommends a global consensus on principles and standards, the sharing of technology and innovation for the common good, the dedication of new resources for data capacity development, the establishment of a UN-led Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, and the establishment of a ‘SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) Data Lab’.

The report also features the MY World Survey as an important advance in the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development– the survey has provided decision makers at the UN with disaggregated data on the priorities of people around the world.  This open-source data platform has allowed for people’s voices to contribute to the informed decision-making process surrounding the new sustainable development agenda.

MY World 2015 Disaggregated Data

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Want to join the global conversation on the Data Revolution? 

Go to the Data Revolution We Want consultation on World We Want 2015 and share your ideas on the data revolution for sustainable development!

UN Secretary-General listens to 1 million voices from MY World

People around the world call for better education, healthcare, honest and responsive government and jobs. 

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented today a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys, that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

For the last year, the UN has been encouraging an unprecedented ‘global conversation’ on the world that people want,” said Ban Ki-moon. “The report that we launch today captures the voices of over one million people from all regions and backgrounds. We sought the voices of those that are usually unheard – particularly those people that are poor, excluded or marginalized.

SG with kid 1 million

Almost one million people participated on this consultations through the MY World options survey, using digital channels, SMS and extensive offline interactions through a network of over 700 civil society partners.

Most MY World votes came from India, Nigeria, Cameroon, Thailand, Philippines, Rwanda, USA, UK, Brazil and Indonesia. Half of all participants were under 30 years old.

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Join the Debate! After the Post-2015 High Level Panel Report: Responses from around the world

In July 2012 the UN Secretary General announced the names of 27 people drawn from developing and developed nations, government, civil society and the private sector. This group was to make up the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post 2015 Development Planning  (HLP) and were tasked by the SG “…prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States” in September 2013.

10 months later, on May 30th 2013, the Panel presented their report to Secretary General after extensive consultations with civil society, government, the private sector, academia and foundations.

Does it meet the expectations arising from the thousands of consultations that took place in Africa and around the world?  On June 6th, join the debate!

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Bringing the People of India into the Global Conversation

Press release

“I am thrilled that by making a simple phone call people can take a virtual seat at the UN to participate in a global conversation on the roadmap for the future” – Ms Priyanka Chopra

Mumbai, 27 May 2013 – The United Nations has invited citizens from around the world to vote on the issues that make the most difference to their lives. Over 560,000 citizens from 194 countries have already voted in one of the largest global surveys ever undertaken, providing real-time and real-world intelligence on what people think are biggest challenges.

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Discussion of the High Level Panel’s Report on the Post 2015 Agenda

Date: 31st May 2013 (10am to 12pm)

Location: United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber

What is being discussed? On May 31st (12:01am EST) the report of the High Level Panel (HLP) on the post-2015 development agenda will be available to stakeholders, following the submission of the same to the UN Secretary General the previous day. A number of UN agencies and stakeholder groups have come together to organize a discussion of the report taking advantage of the Panel’s presence in New York at this time. This event will take place at a critical time in the post-2015 process as the HLP report serves as the opening chapter of a fairly lengthy book, which is the post-2015 process. Continue reading “Discussion of the High Level Panel’s Report on the Post 2015 Agenda”

After the HLP report: responses from around the world

Event: 6 June 2013 14:30 – 16:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
Venue: London, Nairobi, Dhaka and Bogotá and streamed live online

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The High-Level Panel, appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise him on the post-2015 agenda, reports on 30th May. Will the report live up to the hype? Will its recommendations meet the aspirations of the many groups and individuals who have contributed to the debate around post-2015, and will it chart a politically effective way forward for governments? This event provides a global audience with a chance to discuss the report with each other and with two key panel members. Continue reading “After the HLP report: responses from around the world”

Statement of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Today the U.N. Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda concluded its three day meeting at the United Nations in New York.

The Panel’s discussions were frank, productive and characterized by a strong unity of purpose. The meeting reiterated the imperative need for a renewed Global Partnership that enables a transformative, people-centered and planet-sensitive development agenda, realized through the equal partnership of all stakeholders. The Panel reaffirmed its vision to end extreme poverty in all its forms in the context of sustainable development and to have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all. Continue reading “Statement of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

Strategic Partnership with Young People – Key to the World We Want

Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development, Amina J. Mohammed talks with a Willice Onyango, The International Youth Council Kenya.
Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Amina J. Mohammed chats with a youth delegate in Kenya recently.

Doing it with young people rather than for young people will be a catalyst change for change in the next development framework.

The High Level Panel on post 2015 Development Planning is submitting its report to the UN Secretary General in the end of May. The Panel agreed that its vision and responsibility should include a determination to “end poverty in all its forms” and to “have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all”. They also felt there is strong interest in going beyond poverty reduction to include job-creating growth, protecting the environment and providing equity, peace, security, justice and freedom. The Panel agreed to develop a global agenda with global responsibilities. This vision is widely expected to be bold and ambitious. As the Panel prepares to submit its report, the challenge is to ensure that the report sets a framework for a transformative, universal, people-centered development while clearly outlining a bold and relevant commitments needed to ensure a new paradigm for sustainable development that is deeply grounded in sound economic, social, cultural, civil human rights obligations and easy to galvanize collective political action around. Continue reading “Strategic Partnership with Young People – Key to the World We Want”

Secretary-General Meets Volunteers of Global Survey, “My World”

Secretary-General Bam Ki-moon (centre) yesterday met with volunteers of “My World”, the  UN-led global survey of people’s priorities for a better world. The results of the survey will be shared with international leaders in setting the next global development agenda.