In 2022, the UN Sustainable Development Report and Countdown to 2030 warned of a reversal of progress towards the SDGs with women, children and vulnerable populations bearing the brunt of multiple crises, as well as a backsliding in children's health. Taking action is vital to stop this downward trend. PARIS21 and UNICEF are combining their expertise to help governments ensure that they have the right data to support children and equip UNICEF staff with the knowledge and tools to enhance the effectiveness of their engagement with the governments on strengthening NSSs for children.
Developing a national statistical vision that advocates for children
PARIS21 is the global custodian of guidelines for national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS) and support countries to strengthen their national statistical systems (NSS). UNICEF works to support governments in strengthening their national statistical systems through strong partnership with national statistical offices (NSO), statistical departments of line ministries and engaging on various stages of the NSDS.
Developing an NSDS offers a crucial opportunity for advocate and mainstream child rights and related data and statistics needs into the national statistical vision, strategy and work-plan aligned with national development and sectoral plans.
Building on UNICEF's solid partnership with PARIS21 and their technical capacity, a workshop on 14 December 2022 provided an opportunity to learn more from PARIS21’s expertise in the NSDS process and improve engagement on strategic planning processes for data and statistical development, using innovative methods. In addition, ESARO showcased the UNICEF/PARIS21 checklist on engaging on NSDS and ROSA will presented the findings from their NSDS mapping exercise based on the checklist. Several UNICEF offices presented their strategic engagement with NSOs around NSDS.
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