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As world leaders gathered this past month for COP27, it was an opportunity to showcase how data can strengthen climate change action. Advocating for the role of data to combat crises on the global stage, however, was met with a harsh reality. Funding for statistics has not kept pace with the scale of global challenges that demand data.

Funding for data and statistics fell by nearly 16 percent in 2020, a record-breaking decline in the SDG era. At the same time, support for gender data dropped by 55 percent in 2020, compared to the previous three years, three times the drop in funding to overall data and statistics. 

That's why alongside Data2X, we are calling on governments, donors and civil society to prioritize improved official development assistance for gender data to help fill the financing gap for gender data and ensure the achievement of the SDGs.
Recent highlights from the sustainable development data community

Is lack of data a climate cop out?
In this blog, Jenna Slotin of Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data notes how climate data is often patchy, unreliable, and outdated. Where data exists, limitations related to capacity, technology and missing standards prevent data being brought together effectively for analysis.

Gender data must be the bedrock of climate justice
Data2X, The International Institute for Sustainable Development, and Women's Environment & Development Organization call on leaders to integrate gender data into their climate change adaptation strategies to achieve climate justice.

Climate finance: Accounting and accountability
Inadequate reporting and tracking of climate finance data leads to reduced donor accountability. Development Initiatives examines major issues related to climate finance reporting and expenditures.
Making the case to domestically finance gender data
PARIS21 explains how national strategies for the development of statistics are an important tool to elevate the profile of gender data and ensure adequate funding at the country and global level.
8 technical priorities to position household surveys for the next decade
The World Bank outlines how household surveys—a key source to track progress towards SDGs for more than a third of its 234 indicators—play an important role in understanding the impact of data-driven policy responses.

Open data is a game-changer for cities worldwide—here’s how to use it best
Through the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, the World Economic Forum and its partners have been promoting best practice open data policies in 36 Pioneer Cities — but more work is needed to address gaps at a city-level.

View more on WHAT'S BEING SAID

The unprecedented decline in financing for data and statistics threatens the success of the SDGs.

Read more about the latest financing flows to statistics in the newly launched PRESS report by PARIS21.


The Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data helps countries, donors, and development agencies identify funding opportunities for data and statistics. Launched at the UN World Data Forum in 2021, the platform celebrated its one-year anniversary this month with new updates and features. 


Open Data Institute’s Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt share their thoughts about the past 10 years of data, and what lies ahead in an increasingly data-driven world in this Data Decade episode.

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