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February was a full month for the official statistics community as national statistical offices, development partners, international agencies, and civil society organizations actively participated in over 60 virtual side events leading up to the 53rd United Nations Statistical Commission. 

Alongside partners, Open Data Watch organized two sessions, The Power of Open Data and Moving from Data Production to Impact, and supported the high-level side event on Financing for Data and Statistics: The Role of NSOs

Today the official session of the Statistical Commission begins and continues through March 4th. All are invited to watch through the webcast. We will be monitoring closely for progress on open data, data stewardship, gender data, and financing for statistics.

Recent highlights from the sustainable development data community 

Survey on the Implementation of Cape Town Global Action Plan
A survey of national statistical offices by PARIS21, World Bank, and UN Statistics Division reports on the progress countries have made toward the implementation of a global agreement on statistical capacity building.

Raising Domestic Resource for Statistics: Three Strategic Moves
The latest blog on the Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data explains why domestic resources are a strong option for funding statistics in terms of sustainability, predictability, and alignment with country priorities.

Commit to Transparent COVID Data until the WHO Declares the Pandemic is Over
A Nature article urges national governments, international organizations or online publications to commit to publishing transparent data on the pandemic until it is over, and the WHO should coordinate this effort.

The C.D.C Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects 
NYTimes reports that the Center for Disease Control, the agency leading the United States' response to COVID-19, has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected. Expert say more open data are needed.

The Climate Crisis Demands Feminist Data Solutions
Ahead of the 66th Commission on the Status of Women, Data2X published a policy brief calling on member states to amplify calls for gender data investment and innovation in their pursuit of climate justice for women and girls. 

3 Ways to Tackle Gender Data Gaps
Gender data are essential to address obstacles to the promise of productive and self-determined lives for women and girls. The World Bank’s recent blog highlights ways to tackle gender data gaps and how 12 countries are confronting these challenges.

View more on WHAT'S BEING SAID
A spotlight video from our partners at the United Nations Statistics Division

Decision-makers should treat data as a strategic asset and a priority in building back better. But how can data be better funded at the national level? This United Nations Statistical Commission high-level side event explored the role NSOs play in mobilizing domestic financing for statistics.

A new monthly podcast launched by the United Kingdom's Office of National Statistics
Statistically Speaking offers in-depth interviews on the latest hot topics in the world of data, taking a peek behind the scenes of the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and exploring the stories behind the numbers.

Two-thirds of NSOs in IDA countries experienced either moderate or severe delays in budget disbursement in the last fiscal year.

Learn more about the challenges facing NSOs in the latest global survey.


53rd UN Statistical Commission, UN Statistics Division (Feb 28-March 4) 

Open Data Day, (March 5)

International Women’s Day, (March 8) 

Global Call to Action for Gender-Inclusive CRVS Data Collection and Use, Data for Health Gender Equity Unit, Johns Hopkins (March 9) 

United Nations Commission of the Status of Women, UN Women (March 14-25)

Sharing Data Better: The Rise of Data Institutions, The Open Data Institute (March 30) 

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