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It’s in the Numbers - the Power of Partnerships to Measure SDG Progress
Friday, 13 July 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 12, UNHQ

Side Event

Permanent Missions of Denmark and Colombia, UN-DESA Statistical Division Supported by Statistics Denmark, Globalt Fokus, Novo Nordisk A/S Background Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted, a growing number of stakeholders recognise that the fulfilment of the SDGs will only be possible, if all stakeholder groups, public and private, play an active role in implementing the 2030-agenda At the centre of the implementation of the SDGs lie the data on which performance will be measured and evaluated and new initiatives taken, irrespectively of whether you are a nation, a NGO or a private sector representative. A number of initiatives focusing on SDG data have been taken which either is focusing on governments or private sector performance reporting on the SDG. Amongst other, initiatives have been taken by the UN World Data Forum, UNCTAD-ISAR, UN Global Compact, the SDG Index and many others. In the spirit of SDG 17, a number of initiatives on SDG-data have been taken. The Government of Colombia has in collaboration with UNDP and GRI initiated a pilot project to mine and aggregate private sector data to inform the national voluntary review on the SDGs progress. In Denmark, Statistics Denmark has initiated collaboration between all stakeholders in Denmark on Partnership for SDG data with the aim of co-creating the solutions needed. Some of the key challenges of the current initiatives on SDG-reporting are: 1. Focus is on reporting the SDG indicators on national level by governments or solely on specific stakeholder group SDG-reporting – we argue that the UN process should cater for all stakeholder groups voices as part of the review of the progress towards meeting the SDGs through reporting 2. There is no differentiation between reporting on do no harm and positive pursuits – we argue both should be present for balanced reporting 3. Comparable data for all stakeholder groups are not available – we argue that focus should be on progress on national or company level – comparison should focus on how well nations and companies developed Against the backdrop theme of the HLPF 2018 ("Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies"), this event will provide an opportunity to discuss experiences and learnings from working cross-collaborative between all stakeholder groups in order to secure a focus on both do no harm and potential positive pursuits, in order to ensure a balanced approached and good governance, so that the reporting on sustainable results towards 2030 builds on trust between governments, NGOs and the private sector. Objectives Through presentation of actual experience with reporting performance on the SDGs the aim is to: 1. Showcase the benefits and challenges of collaborating about SDG-data. 2. Highlight the need for governments, business, civil society and others to focus on reporting on both do no harm (negative impacts) and positive impacts 3. Share real action on the ground, which is making a difference. Program (1.30 hrs) 18:30 – 18:40: Welcome by moderator Stefan Schweinfest, Director UNSD. Presentations 18:40 – 18:50: Opening presentation by Statistics Denmark (on the Danish model of collaborative SDG-data) 18:50 – 19:00: Opening presentation by The Government of Colombia, by the National Planning Department of Colombia (on the Colombia model of collaborative SDG-data) 19:00 – 19:15: Q&A-session (With a short comment from GRI, regarding their collaboration with the government of Colombia). Panel 19:15: Other representatives invited to join the panel 19:20 - 19:25: Moderator introduce the new representatives 19:25 - 19:30: The Danish Family Planning Association (NGO perspective) 19:30 - 19:35: Novo Nordisk (Private sector perspective) Debate 19:35 – 19:55: Debate/reflections on the presentations including questions from audience Closure 19:55 – 20:00: Conclusions by moderator Moderator Stefan Schweinfest, Director of UN DESA Statistical Division Panellist(s) 1. Statistics Denmark, Niels Ploug, Director. 2. Follow-up and Evaluation of the National Planning Department of Colombia, Felipe Castro, Director. 3. The Danish Family Planning Association, Ida Klockmann, International Advocacy Officer. 4. Novo Nordisk, Anne Gadegaard, Associate Director.  Refreshments and snacks will be served before the event at 1B Visitors Lobby, from 18:15 to 18:30.
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