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Time-use data for better policies in Africa, Western Asia and Latin America

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to government capacity to effectively produce and use time-use data in policy formulation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Africa, Latin America and Western Asia. More specifically, in collaboration with ECA, ECLAC and ESCWA, the project will contribute to building capacity in countries to produce and use time-use statistics, in support of measuring and monitoring their national development plans and indicators, including SDG 5.4.1 on unpaid work, as well as indicators on other development issues such as employment and learning.  

This will be achieved through the development and testing of methodological guidelines on how to modernize the collection, analysis and use of time-use data based on assessments of national capacity and needs in the following regions Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia (one project country per region). The resulting guidelines will cover cost-effective tools and a sustainable model to institutionalize the systematic collection of time-use data. As part of the roll-out phase, the guidelines will be available for use by all countries and will be widely promoted through regional training workshops and national events in the project countries (one project country per regionto promote stronger collaboration between users and producers of time-use data where participants will also identify/map time-use data needs to national development policies. This way, the project will also contribute to improved data/policies integration.  

Environmental-Economic Accounting for evidence-based policy in Africa and Asia

As a set of interconnected goals, monitoring and measuring the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals necessitates the use of integrated frameworks. The United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) is an international statistical standard which integrates economic and environmental information into a common framework to measure the contribution of the environment to the economy and the impact of the economy on the environment. The SEEA provides countries with a framework to derive internationally comparable sets of statistics and indicators, supporting measurement of progress towards the SDGs as well as the Aichi Targets, green growth, etc.  

The project aims to address the technical and institutional barriers to the establishment of routinely produced environmental-economic accounts at the national level by national statistical offices. Project activities will focus on: building the institutional framework in support of SEEA implementation, taking into consideration existing initiatives and activities in the countries and policy priorities; building capacity in the countries to compile selected accounts on a regular basis, while contributing to the development of SEEA compliant global databases; fostering inter-institutional relationships to promote collaboration and data-sharing in producing the accounts; and promoting the effective communication and use of the accounts in supporting evidence-based policy and the SDGs.  

Strengthening the capacity of least developed countries to develop evidence‐based, coherent and well financed strategies to implement the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages countries to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress that are country-led and country-driven”. These Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) also contribute to regular reviews of progress at the global level by the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). DESA is mandated to support the HLPF process and conducts capacity building programmes in different areas that can support VNR development and follow-up. This project–in which seven DESA Divisions participate—addresses three areas that countries have consistently identified as capacity gaps in their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs): 1) mainstreaming the SDGs in national policies, priorities, programmes and budgets; 2) mobilizing financial resources for implementation; and 3) accessing appropriate data to assess, review and report on progress. The project is supporting efforts of four least developed countries (LDCs) to pursue the 2030 Agenda, and monitor progress, through their national development planning instruments.

The project is financed through the United Nations Peace and Development trust fund.

 

Strengthening the collection and use of Time Use Data, in line with international standards and in support of SDG monitoring (2020-2024)

There is an urgent need to support countries in strengthening their capacity to collect and use time use data, for better policies and approaches to implement the 2030 Development Agenda at local, national and regional levels. This urgent need has also been voiced by countries, when they adopted the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics (ICATUS 2016) at the 48th session of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017 and requested to operationalize the classification and to provide guidance on how to implement it to produce internationally comparable time use data, using the latest technology.

The project will contribute to building capacity in countries to produce and use time use statistics, in support of measuring and monitoring their national development plans and indicators, including SDG 5.4.1 on unpaid work, as well as other development issues such as employment and learning. The project is expected to develop and test methodological guidelines on how to modernize the collection, analysis and use of time use data. These guidelines will cover cost-effective tools and a sustainable model to institutionalize the systematic collection of these data. The guidelines will be available for use by all countries and will be widely promoted through regional training workshops. Furthermore, the project will also contribute to improved data/policies integration in target counties. This will be achieved through a series of national events to promote stronger collaboration between users and producers of time use data where participants will also identify/map which time use data are needed for which national development policies. improved data/policies integration in target counties.

Supporting Member States in the implementation and Advancement of the System of

The project aims to address the technical and institutional barriers to the establishment of routinely produced environmental-economic accounts at the national level. Project activities will focus on: building the institutional framework in support of the SEEA implementation, taking into consideration existing initiatives and activities in the countries and policy priorities; building capacity in the countries to compile selected accounts on a regular basis, while contributing to the development of SEEA compliant global databases; fostering inter-institutional collaboration to promote collaboration and data-sharing in producing the accounts; and promoting the effective use and communication of the accounts in supporting evidence-based policy and the SDGs.

The project will support six developing countries (for example, Lao PDR, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Tunisia), from three different sub-regions to ensure geographic diversity and multiplication effects in the various regions. Countries will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest to put in place a SEEA programme in the country to meet policy needs and the demands for SEEA accounts to inform policies. The project will support and build on achievements from past activities in the target countries, in particular introductory blended learning workshops on the SEEA, carried out by DESA/SD, in partnership with the regional commissions. The project will also build on initial technical assistance provided by partner organizations to some of the selected countries.

Strengthening the capacity of least developed countries to develop evidence‐based, coherent and well financed strategies to implement the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages countries to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress that are country-led and country-driven”. These Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) also contribute to regular reviews of progress at the global level by the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). DESA is mandated to support the HLPF process and conducts capacity building programmes in different areas that can support VNR development and follow-up. This project–in which seven DESA Divisions participate—addresses three areas that countries have consistently identified as capacity gaps in their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs): 1) mainstreaming the SDGs in national policies, priorities, programmes and budgets; 2) mobilizing financial resources for implementation; and 3) accessing appropriate data to assess, review and report on progress. The project is supporting efforts of four least developed countries (LDCs) to pursue the 2030 Agenda, and monitor progress, through their national development planning instruments.

The project is financed through the United Nations Peace and Development trust fund.