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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

This project aims to support four least developed countries to build capacities needed to develop and implement an NSDS, including the investment strategy that enhances
implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The project seeks to leverage the expertise of several UN DESA divisions to assist these countries with addressing the capacity gaps, challenges and recommendations that they have identified in their respective VNR for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and with formulating concrete, actionable and effective solutions to address them. This capacity development support will contribute to effective monitoring, programming and financing of the NSDS as well as promote policy coherence in support of the 2030 Agenda, and therefore links with Belt and Road Initiative priorities 1 (policy coordination) and to some extent 3 (trade) and 4 (financing). UN DESA will work with the four target countries who either prepared and presented VNRs in 2016, 2017, and 2018 or will prepare a VNR in 2019. Existing VNR reports of these countries have identified a range of gaps, challenges and capacity building needs for effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda that UN DESA can help to address. These countries have also expressed interest in receiving UN DESA support to address them.

Geospatial Information Management Capacity Development in China and other Developing Countries

The objective of this project is to improve and strengthen national geospatial information management, system and capacities, particularly, the production, provision and application of timely, reliable and official geospatial data and information in China and other developing countries. The project will help in meeting the needs of national strategic and development priorities as well as the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within this overall objective, special attention will be given to the organization and management of national geospatial data and information systems including institutional and legal frameworks; core or fundamental datasets; geodetic positioning infrastructure and reference frame; sharing and dissemination of quality geospatial information; approaches, methodologies and tools towards strengthening national geospatial information management, systems and capacities; facilitating an accessible, integrative and interoperable local to national to global information systems that supports the implementation of national development agendas, evidence-based policy and decision–making, measure, track progress and monitor outcomes.

Strengthening geospatial information management in developing countries towards implementing the 2030 Agenda

The project focuses on improving and strengthening the national geospatial information management capacities of developing countries in two beneficiary regions, namely, Africa and Asia and the Pacific, towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and evidence-based policy and decision-making. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that timely and accessible geospatial information and statistics, and their combined analyses, are a prerequisite for good policy-making and supporting and tracking development progress. However, there is still a lack of awareness, understanding and uptake of the vital and integrative role of geospatial information within national circumstances, particularly in developing countries. The project supports identified countries in the beneficiary regions to develop and strengthen their national technical capacities and mechanisms through the provision of frameworks and guides that recognize national circumstances through regional or sub-regional activities for: (a) the application of geospatial information to augment national statistical systems and inform the global indicator framework; (b) improving the integration of statistical and geospatial information through implementing the principles of the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework; and (c) improving data sharing and dissemination through appropriate consideration of legal and policy frameworks and guidelines. The project contributes towards improving the timeliness, availability and accessibility of geospatial information at all levels by national geospatial information authorities, thus improving and strengthening national geospatial information management and systems.

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.