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SEPTEMBER 2022

The 77th session of United Nations General Assembly took place earlier this month. While it was a moment for the world to discuss solutions to interlocking challenges like COVID-19, climate change, and ongoing conflicts, data for the SDGs were not lost in the discussions.

Leaders were urged to keep investments in gender data on the agenda and calls for increased financing for data with purpose were amplified by the World Bank, United Nations, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. A new gender and environment data alliance was launched to tackle the undeniable links between climate change and gender equality while the Data Values Campaign set out to reimagine a fair data future.

The month closed in Nairobi with one of the largest gatherings of gender experts and statisticians. The forum brought together over 100 African representatives from ministries, national statistical offices, the Gender Data Network, and civil society organizations.
WHAT’S BEING SAID
Recent highlights from the sustainable development data community

To Leave No One Behind, We Must Use Data to Address Climate Inequalities
As climate change exacerbates global inequalities, Development Initiative’s Deborah Hardoon explains how data can be used to protect those most vulnerable to its impacts.

Wellcome Awards $6.8 Million to Build Data Workforce for Climate and Health
Data.Org, in partnership with Data4SDGs and J-PAL, announced two new accelerators in Sub-Saharan Africa and India to develop a workforce of purpose-driven data practitioners.

Gender Data Can Transform Education
As the United Nations Transforming Education Summit concluded, Data2X urges leaders to recognize and prioritize the role gender data plays in education solutions.

SDG4 Data Explorer Update
UNESCO released new education data for over 200 countries, available by indicator, region, and country. Data on policy indicators and background information on the release are also available.

It Will Take 22 Years to Close SDG Gender Data Gaps
UN Women reports on the effect global challenges have had on both achieving SDG 5 on gender equality and acquiring the necessary gender data to measure and monitor progress. 

‘Very Harmful’ Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks
The New York Times reports on how decades of underinvestment in public health information systems in the U.S.  has crippled efforts to understand the pandemic and future outbreaks.
View more on WHAT'S BEING SAID
REPORT SPOTLIGHT


A new report from SDSN TReNDS and Open Data Watch demystifies the institutional barriers and challenges around data use for official statistics with insights from national statistical offices around the world.  
WATCH NOW

Gender data illuminates a path to ensure no one is left behind. Can we afford to continue to search in the dark? Launched at our UNGA side event, a new video with PARIS21, Data2X, and UN Women explores emerging solutions in scarcity for smart gender data finance.
LISTEN NOW

Development Gateway: An IREX Venture's podcast brings together DGers, experts, and friends of the organization for conversations about data and digital for development.

This final episode of the current series discusses digital transformation and emerging technologies.
MEET OUR VISITING STATISTICIAN
Open Data Watch is pleased to welcome Luis Gonzalez Morales to our team. Learn more about Luis here.
UPCOMING EVENTS

3rd Global CRVS and Gender Conference, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems; 17-18 October 2022
6th Conference of Africa Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration, APAI-CRVS; 24-28 October 2022
Playing by the Paris Rulebook: What Countries Need to do Now to Measure Their Climate Change Goals, The Global Government Forum; 20 October
Data Decade: The Essential Data Conference, Open Data Institute; 8 November 2022
PARIS21 Fall Meetings, PARIS21; 9-10 November
2022 Effective Development Cooperation Summit, GPEDC; 12-14 December

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