Timely, comprehensive, and high quality data must be the foundation of investments in sustainable development, pandemic recovery, climate action, and emergency response. With brute force, the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the necessity for better data capabilities to meet social and economic development needs and to protect people and planet in the face of crises.

To help people and planet break through to a better, greener, and safer future, the global community will need trillions in investments to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals during the Decade of Action. Unlocking better data will be critical for targeting investments where they matter most, and to navigate the complex risks and choices ahead. 

This policy briefing is part of a vital campaign to unlock the power of data for a better, greener, and safer future. The campaign was launched at a high-level ministerial roundtable at the World Bank Spring Meetings convened by World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Carmen Reinhart, World Bank Managing Director for Development Policy and Partnerships, Mari Pangestu, and UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. It brought together global champions of ‘investment in data with purpose’ to launch a new advocacy effort and build critical momentum towards a High-Level Event at the UN General Assembly in September 2022.