The Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) Project of UNDP Bangladesh and UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project in collaboration with the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) organized a day-long follow-up metadata consultation workshop titled “Stocktaking of the status of generation of unreported metadata: SDG indicators 12.2.1, 12.2.2 and 14.2.1” at the Radisson Blu, Dhaka on 31 July 2022. In all, 44 SDG Focal Points and associated Officials (36 men:08 women) attended the workshop from different Ministries/Divisions/Agencies.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Shahnaz Arefin, ndc, Secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division (SID) as a Chief Guest, while Mr. Md. Abu Bakkar Siddique, Additional Secretary, SID, attended the event as the special guest. Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Van, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP joined the workshop as a Guest of Honour. The workshop was presided over by Mr. Md. Matiar Rahman, Director General, BBS.
SC4SDG organized 09 metadata training workshops on SDG indicators 5.c.1, 12.2.1, 12.2.2, 14.2.1, 16.7.1 16.7.2, 17.14.1, 17.15.1 and 17.16.1 in 2020 and 2021. Of them, the data for SDG indicators 5.c.1 (Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment) and 16.7.1 (Proportions of positions in national and local institutions, including (a) the legislatures; (b) the public service; and (c) the judiciary, compared to national distributions, by sex, age, persons with disabilities and population groups) are now reported on the SDG tracker. The data for the rest of the indicators are yet to be available on SDG Tracker. However, 17.14.1, 17.15.1 and 17.16.1 will be made available by the end of this year. This follow-up workshop on 12.2.1 and 12.2.2 and 14.2.1 was organized to assess the causes, hindrances in and support the line ministries required to make the data available to populate the SDG tracker. The 2nd follow-up consultation workshop was also aimed to take a deep dive in order for Bangladesh to generate unreported data as quickly as possible. BBS aims to produce data on all SDG indicators by 2023. So far, it has produced 176 out of 231 unique indicators. UNDP and UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action are buttressing BBS and the administrative ministries/divisions/agencies to make the data generation process faster and smoother.
The representatives of the concerned Ministries/Divisions/Agencies vowed to produce these three indicators on the SDG tracker by 2022. The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the main source of producing data for the SDG indicators 12.2.1 and 12.2.2. They informed that they would immediately arrange a meeting together with co-lead and associate ministries on how to quicken the process of generating data on the aforementioned two indicators, as the calculation and compilation of two indicators hinges on the availability of multiple levels of data. However, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL), responsible for providing data on SDG indicators 14.2.1 informed the audience that they are working on this data set and trying their best to supply data as quickly as possible.
The distinguished Chief Guest, Special Guest and Guest of Honour of the workshop reiterated the importance of data to make policy adjustments, and course correction for achieving SDGs, particularly for the hapless, and to end poverty. To do so, attention must be paid for improving the data quality including availability of disaggregated data is pivotal. As we approach halfway through, the SDGs Focal Points of each Ministries/Division/Agencies’ must redouble their effort to make data available in the SDG tracker for reporting Bangladesh's progress.