WHEN: Saturday 26 September 2015, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E 45th St, New York

This is a vital moment for development data and statistics. The agreed upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will put unprecedented pressure on developing countries to produce more and better data for monitoring, reporting and decision making. Yet many developing countries are simply not ready. Despite some progress over the last 15 years, they still struggle to provide the most basic data.

New ideas and practices are needed to produce responsive statistical systems with the capacity to track progress across the SDGs’ broad spectrum of development processes and outcomes. Fortunately, there are already many successful experiences of statistical capacity building to learn from – as well as examples of what has not worked so well. Thought leaders from government, international organisations and civil society as they take stock of best practices over the last 15 years, discuss the potential of the new Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data and explore bold innovations in statistical capacity building.

This event will be divided into two sessions with an aim of addressing how to strengthen capacity in developing countries around two themes:Revisiting Capacity Building and Innovation and Modernisation

Johannes Jutting, Manager of PARIS21 and John Pullinger, Chair of the UN Statistical Commission, will open up the debate among a panel of experts including:

• Shaida Badiee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch

• Minister Arsenio Balisacan, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines

• Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate, OECD

• David Hallam, Director and UK Envoy for the Post-2015 Development Goals, DFID

• Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and Co-Founder, Data-Pop Alliance • Diana Nova, National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), Colombia

• Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division


For more information on capacity building read our knowledge brief.