Sustainable Development Goals: the challenges facing the statistics community

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Tuesday 20 October 2015, 06:00pm - 08:00pm

Location International Centre for Mathematical Sciences Edinburgh (ICMS)

A World Statistics Day event:

Sustainable Development Goals: the challenges facing the statistics community

In September, at the United Nations General Assembly, heads of states and governments came together to launch a new and ambitious agenda for world development up to 2030.  The Sustainable Development Goals set out 17 goals with 169 targets.  

These new global goals address the most pressing challenges facing the planet: to end extreme poverty; to fight inequality & injustice; and to fix climate change. But the goals also pose major challenges to statistical communities around the world. What indicators should be used to measure progress towards these new goals and targets? How well equipped are national statistical systems to report on these indicators? And what needs to happen, if decision-makers are to have the data that will be needed to achieve the global goals by 2030?

To celebrate World Statistics Day, the RSS Edinburgh Group will host a discussion about the role of statistics in achieving the new global goals.

Glenn Everett, Director of the Measuring National Well-being Programme at the ONS, will provide an overview of the new sustainable development goals. He will describe the work that the UN Statistical Commission has initiated, to develop a set of global indicators that will be used to report on progress.

Neil Jackson, Chief Statistician at the Department for International Development (DFID), will consider the challenges that national statistical systems will face in reporting on the new global indicators. He will discuss the actions that are being taken by the international community to build statistical capacity, and the particular role that DFID has been playing.

Jenny Church, Chair of the RSS’ International Development Working Group, will launch a policy statement by the RSS, calling for a data revolution that recognises the importance of data for policy making and for accountability in all countries of the world. And puts useful and useable information into the hands of everyone who needs it, especially the poor and the marginalised.


This is a free event open to everyone. Your registration would be useful for the organisers to know how many people are likely to attend, so please complete the registration below. Thanks!

Tea & coffee from 5.30pm

Followed by a wine reception until 8pm

Organiser Name Jiayi Liu

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Organising Group(s) RSS Edinburgh local group





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