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Nima Fallah
on Tue, January 5, 2016 at 09.51 pm
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CEB Data for Development Workstream

 

Background:

During its 2nd regular session for 2014, CEB discussed the Data Revolution and called upon HLCM, HLCP and UNDG, through a coordinated effort to develop a coherent programme of work focusing on carrying forward a data revolution. The Board also agreed that a working group of representatives from UNESCO, the World Bank Group, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, the Regional Commissions, and UN/DESA should carry out the work, ready for presentation at its 1st regular session for 2015. The working group prepared a draft programme of work using the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution, titled "A World that Counts", as its basis.

UNICEF introduced the topic by reference to the work-plan drafted by the CEB working group and placed emphasis on two key messages. First, it stressed that the data revolution, as a concept articulated in the “A World That Counts” report, highlights the fundamental global shifts already happening because of new technology and the data generated or enabled by this technology. The international system faces a huge challenge in adapting to this new reality. By harnessing the data revolution there is great potential for the UN system to deliver better results at lower cost. Secondly, within this broader frame, there are steps that can be pursued already, classified as quick wins, such as the four included in the proposed work-plan. Read more here.

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