The PARIS21 Secretariat participates in the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan, and contributes to monitoring its progress. The Cape Town Global Action Plan (CTGAP) was presented during the 1st UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. It was approved at the 2017 United Nations Statistical Commission. The CTGAP is one of the overarching framework for global statistical capacity development.

The CTGAP calls for commitment from governments, policy leaders and the international community to undertake key actions under six strategic areas:

  1. Coordination and strategic leadership on data for sustainable development

  2. Innovation and modernisation of national statistical systems

  3. Strengthening of basic statistical activities and programmes, with particular focus on addressing the monitoring needs of the 2030 Agenda

  4. Dissemination and use of sustainable development data

  5. Multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development data

  6. Mobilise resources and coordinate efforts for statistical capacity building

“We call for policy leaders to achieve a global pact or alliance that recognises the funding of NSS modernisation efforts is essential to the full implementation of Agenda 2030. “

PARIS21 has previously acted as Secretariat for the Busan Action Plan for Statistics (BAPS) and the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics (MAPS).

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Nearly five years later, a global survey of national statistical offices (NSOs), Survey on the Implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data, paints a mixed picture of progress. The survey’s results reveal that despite gradual improvements, the transformative change in national statistical capacities proposed in the Global Action Plan has yet to be realized, particularly in low- and middle-income economies. However, NSOs have continued to function despite the enormous strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on them, attesting to their strength and resilience.

The survey was conducted jointly online in August and September 2021 by the World Bank’s Development Data Group, the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD), and the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21). NSOs from 101 countries participated, providing insights to policymakers and international partners on their efforts to implement, monitor, and finance the Global Action Plan.


Read the full survey report here


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