The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reflects a unique global consensus and commitment to address the world’s most acute and pressing challenges. But to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and to leave no one behind, everyone in the world should be represented in up-to-date and timely data that can be used to measure progress and make decisions to improve people’s lives.
Too much of our data is out-of-date, and too many people are missing from the numbers. Meanwhile, new technologies, paired with existing data sources and methods, give us an unprecedented opportunity to solve this problem. The Data For Now initiative seeks to increase the sustainable use of robust methods and tools that improve the timeliness, coverage, and quality of SDG data through collaboration and partnership, technical and capacity support, and information sharing.
This initiative is anchored by four operating partners: the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the World Bank, the United Nations Statistics Division, and SDSN TReNDS.
The Data For Now operating partners held a stakeholders meeting during the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York in July 2019. Data for Now was officially launched in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2019 by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.