The meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019 will be held from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019. The theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality".

PARIS21, as the secretariat of the Bern Network on Financing Data for Development, is convening an informal breakfast meeting to discuss “Investing in Data to achieve the SDGs and leave no one behind” and to introduce the work of the Bern Network on Financing for Development Data.

The latest SDG global report identified “investment in data” as one of the key enablers for implementing Agenda 2030. Recent studies by the UN, OECD, PARIS21, and the World Bank indicate that even a modest increase in domestic and international funding for developing countries to produce the right data can make a huge difference and transform lives. Yet the stark reality is that many developing countries do not have the capacity to track and monitor basic developments, let alone all 232 SDGs indicators. Development data is also fundamental to policy planning, budgeting, social services and achieving overall development objectives.

The 2019 Progress Report of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (OECD/UNDP, forthcoming) finds that the majority of governments have national development strategies and report on progress but that they lack national statistical capacity to monitor implementation comprehensively. The report calls for concerted efforts from partner countries and development partners alike: partner countries must strengthen statistical capacity and national monitoring and evaluation systems while development partners can play a key role in strengthening statistical systems by using them, investing in them and co-ordinating their support.

In response to these challenges, the Bern Network on Funding for Development Data, which Switzerland helped found, aims to build an international coalition for more and better funding for development data. The network was formed at the Bern High-level Dialogue on Funding for Data for the SDGs in January 2019. Working together and drawing on a wide range of perspectives, the Bern Network’s overall aim is to establish a more robust funding framework, and improve advocacy, coordination and communication around this topic as we head towards the UN World Data Forum in Bern in October 2020. The network is a broad and open group currently composed of over 100 participants representing over 40 different stakeholders, including aid agencies, national statistical offices, other ministries, international organisations and civil societies.

The meeting will take place

Friday July 12th 2019, 0800-1000h at

Swiss Mission to the UN,

633 Third Avenue

29th floor

New York, NY 100173