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The PARIS21 Bulletin: From Ideas to Action | April 2016
ON OUR RADAR, by Johannes Jütting, PARIS21 Manager

Seven months have passed… fourteen years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We, the statistical community, have already contributed to the implementation of the SDGs by developing the 230 unique indicators that will help measure, monitor and track global progress. But the real work starts now. We have to translate global goals into national targets and priorities at the local level.

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PARIS21 Annual Board Meeting, 5 - 7 April 2016
Unable to attend our Annual Meetings? Read more about this year's theme "Partnering for Progress" on our website.
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PARIS21 has developed the Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT), an innovative tool for statistical offices to adapt to new data demands and changing statistical practices.
Open Data Inventory | Open Data Watch
The Open Data Inventory (ODIN) assesses the coverage and openness of official statistics to identify gaps, promote open data policies, improve access, and encourage dialogue between national statistical offices (NSOs) and data users.
Deliver2030 | ODI
Ideas, debate and resources on the world's most ambitious development agenda, the Global Goals.
Open Data for Africa | AfDB
The African Development Bank has unveiled a landmark initiative to accelerate Africa's development over the next 10 years.
Development Initiatives - Africa Hub, The Open Institute, Hivos East Africa and the Associate of Freelance Journalists launched Babili as a hub and online resource to share stories around the Data Revolution in Africa.
World Development Report 2016 | The World Bank
The World Development Report 2016 shows that while the digital revolution has forged ahead, its “analog complements”—the regulations that promote entry and competition, the skills that enable workers to access and then leverage the new economy, and the institutions that are accountable to citizens—have not kept pace.
The Value of Data
By Cara Williams, Statistics Canada
We often hear, “What gets measured gets done” or “What gets measured gets managed.” These quotes have been attributed to Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and several others over the years, but the sentiments conveyed by these statements have never been more relevant than they are today.
SDG Data Discussion: What Next?
By Johannes Jutting, PARIS21
After months of intense discussions, representatives from more than 190 national statistical offices agreed on a global monitoring framework for the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 goals and 169 targets of the framework will be complemented by 230 indicators.
The Rise of the Robots- Friend or Foe for Developing Countries?
By Johannes Jutting, PARIS21 and Christopher Garroway, UNCTAD
In January, the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland saw members of the global elite extolling the virtues of the so-called “4th industrial revolution”. The catch-all term, also known as “Industry 4.0,” ties together a wide range of cutting-edge digital technologies – such as 3-D printing, machine intelligence, the internet of things, cloud computing, and big data – into a vision of a future world of work.
Accelerated Data Program Assessments (2006-2015)
The Accelerated Data Program (ADP) has been highly successful at providing policy makers with better data for policy design, monitoring and evaluation. In 2015, an assessment on ADP performance was undertaken for 29 countries as as part of its final year of implementation.
Data in Action: An Inside Look from Rwanda
The administration of Rwanda’s capital city Kigali recently undertook an immense task: labeling all city streets and edifices. Today the city is far more navigable, with street signs and prominent numbering on every building.
PARIS21 Launches "Data Talk" Podcast on SoundCloud
Listen to PARIS21's inaugural "Data Talk" podcast featuring Jose Rosero from Ecuador's National Institute of Statistics and Census.
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OECD Development Co-operation Working Paper
  • Introducing ADAPT to the Cameroon National Institute of Statistics: Yaoundé, Cameroon (25 – 29 April)
  • Cross Regional Forum: Shaping subnational statistical systems: Paris, France (17 – 18 May)
  • Cross Regional Forum: Agenda 2030 and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Paris, France (19 – 20 May)
  • High-level Political Forum Side Event: New York, USA (18-20 July)

The NSDS Guidelines have been updated and include the modification of ten issues along with new examples of NSDSs, RSDSs, sectoral strategies, NSDS roadmaps, tools and good practice papers. These guidelines are now available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
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“The SDG indicators will require an unprecedented amount of data to be produced and analysed – and it is evident that this will pose a significant challenge for national statistical systems, in developing as well as developed countries”
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