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Collection and use of international migration data in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen national capacity in collecting and compiling comprehensive and internationally comparable migration data that meet international standards, and to enhance understanding of the uses and limitations of migration data for policy purposes and for the monitoring of the migration related goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

More specifically, in collaboration with partner organisations, the project aims to improve data availability through technical capacity building of countries in producing basic migration statistics, statistics on human trafficking and socioeconomic statistics disaggregated by migratory status for the SDG monitoring. This objective will be achieved through (a) preparing technical guidelines on producing data for migration-relevant SDG indicators; (b) providing trainings to countries so that national statisticians become familiar with international standards on migration statistics and statistics produced are harmonized within the country and comparable at international level; (c) building an online data portal for migration statistics which would enhance the data availability at the international level.

Monitoring progress towards sustainable forest management

This project will support and assist selected countries in developing a comprehensive and efficient system for monitoring progress towards SFM. This will be achieved through a step- by-step approach, which will include conducting inventories of existing forest-related data, mapping data gaps, addressing these gaps and selecting appropriate indicators. Particular attention will be paid to socio-economic aspects (e.g. livelihoods, food security, poverty reduction) of forests and financial flows for SFM. The socio-economic benefits of forests are particularly important to societies in the selected developing countries, yet these are the areas where methodology is missing and data is either very weak or not existing. The project takes into account the outcomes of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicators (IAEG), particularly indicators on SDG15 and target 15.2, which specifically address SFM. It is expected that the monitoring framework developed within this project will serve domestic needs as well as help to report on forest related international commitments including the SDGs, the UN Forest Instrument and its Global Objectives on Forests. To a large extent the analytical work will be done by national consultants and results of their work will be presented and discussed at series of national workshops. These workshops will gather not only forest authorities but also focal points of the Rio Conventions (CBD, UNCCC, UNCCD), FAO/FRA and stakeholders from other sectors (employment, demographics, energy), which gather data relevant to and whose decisions have effect on forests and forestry. The lessons learned and experiences gained within this project will be shared at a global workshop, which could agree on a common approach to reporting among broader group of countries and possibly serve as starting point for an updated reporting mechanism to UNFF.

Supporting developing countries in their transition from Millennium Development Goals-based development strategies to broader sustainable development strategies through modelling-based policy analyses

DPAD/UN-DESA has provided support to governments in a number of developing countries in assessing strategies to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in formulating policies to mitigate external shocks on human development. In recognizing the value of the support that they have received, governments have expressed their interest in receiving more support to design policies to accelerate progress towards the MDGs and build a coherent development agenda to be pursued after 2015, underscoring the desire to be better informed about their options when they embark on the process of defining their country

Enhancing national statistical capacity to measure, monitor, assess and report on progress on achieving post-2015 goals and targets for sustainable development

Recognizing the importance of high quality statistics and their effective use in promoting evidence-based socio-economic policies and achieving internationally and nationally agreed goals, the overall objective of the project is to strengthen national statistical systems in select developing countries in their capacity to measure, monitor, assess and report on progress on achieving post-2015 goals and targets for sustainable development. This will in turn improve availability to users, especially policy decision makers, of timely and reliable statistics that are policy relevant and meet the increasing demand for high quality information to ensure development goals at both the national and international levels are achieved.
The project will be delivered through a set of activities including desk studies of the countries’ current statistical capacity to monitor and report on these goals and targets, workshops and in-country technical assistance missions to increase awareness regarding the monitoring and reporting requirements of the SDGs and post-2015 goals and targets, to discuss priorities, to assess national capacities and gaps, to assist in the creation of implementation plans for monitoring and reporting and to build capacity for their implementation.
The project will provide assistance to national statistical offices in 6 pilot countries. The results will be shared on a regional level, allowing other countries to benefit from and to follow the experiences of the pilot counties. A Steering Committee composed of representatives of the participating statistical offices and co-operating agencies will guide the overall execution of the project.

Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) in Asia – Formulation of National EST Strategies vis-à-vis Capacity Building for Socio-economic Concerns

In the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and of the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme, the time is ripe to: (i) take stock of the current state of affairs regarding disability measurement from the point of view of those developing guidelines and also from the national perspective in terms of how data are collected, and (ii) to offer countries more practical guidance for collecting and utilizing quality and reliable statistics on persons with disabilities. For inclusive development leaving no one behind, the census is an ideal vehicle for data collection. As censuses embody total coverage of a country, they are a vital source of data that can be disaggregated by age, sex, geography, disability status, and socio-economic characteristics for comparative analysis of the situation of persons with and without disabilities in terms of equalization of opportunities. In this respect, country participation in the 2020 census round is very important. In the context of collecting adequate and relevant data for all inclusive development planning and monitoring taking into account the situation of persons with disabilities, it is equally important that countries also plan for and conduct more detailed studies mainly through sample surveys. 17. A review of experiences of countries in collecting data on disability through censuses and surveys will be necessary in order to identify good practices and also challenges that countries still face in this regard so that, if necessary revisions/updates can be done on existing international guidelines for disability measurement. Also in the context of reviewing past national experiences it will be important for UNSD to collect, collate and disseminate disability data that countries have collected during censuses of the 2010 round and also through recent sample household surveys and other nationally-representative data sources. 18. The project aims to enhance the capacity of national statistical offices to produce and disseminate good quality and fit-for-purpose statistics on disability for evidence-based policy making and monitoring. In so doing, this project will build on the work of the Washington Group, taking into account other initiatives on developing disability measurements.

Promotion of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in Asia and the Pacific Promotion of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in Asia and the Pacific

The main objective of the 3R process in Asia is to integrate 3Rs and resource efficiency in the overall policy, planning and development, by sensitizing the local and national governments, private sector, industry and business groups (including SMEs), and civil society, in order to contribute the Outcome of Rio+20 – The Future We Want, 3Rs and resource efficiency are promoted as the basis for sustainable waste management. The objectives of the proposed Project are more explicitly the following:
– To achieve a low carbon and resource efficient society in Asia by integrating 3Rs in overall policy, planning and development.
– To strengthen multilayer partnership for effective implementation of 3Rs as outlined in Ha Noi 3R Declaration (2013-2023).