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NEWS & EVENTS
29 June 2022

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 17.14.1, 17.15.1 and 17.16.1” at the BBS conference room on 29 June 2022. In total, 73 participants (47 men, 26 women) attended the workshop from different Ministries/Divisions/Agencies.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Shahnaz Arefin, ndc, Secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division (SID), while Mr. Rezaul Azam Faruqui, Additional Secretary, SID, graced the event as the special guest. The workshop was presided over by Mr. Kazi Nurul Islam, Deputy Director General, BBS.

SC4SDG organized 9 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. Among 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 available in the SDG tracker. The data for the rest of the indicators are yet to be available on SDG Tracker. SC4SDG project in collaboration with the BBS and GED has already taken the initiative to assess the progress of making the data available for these indicators.

As part of this initiative, this follow-up consultation workshop was organized which aspired to take a deep dive in making the data available for the SDG indicators 17.14.1, 17.15.1 and 17.16.1. The workshop also aimed at assessing the causes and hindrances of producing data primarily for the aforementioned SDG indicators. Besides, the follow-up workshop intended to discuss what needs to be done to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of the relevant Ministries/Divisions/Agencies and make the data generation process smoother.

The representatives of the concerned Ministries/Divisions/Agencies agreed that these three indicators should be populated on the SDG tracker by 2022. The General Economics Division (GED), data provider for the SDG indicator 17.14.1, informed the participants that the relevant data is ready to be reported for this particular indicator and therefore, will be shared with BBS soon to publish it on SDG Tracker. However, the Economic Relations Division (ERD), responsible for providing data on SDG indicators 17.15.1 and 17.16.1 informed the audience that they are working on the availability of relevant data for these two indicators. The data for SDG indicators 17.15.1 and 17.16.1 is expected to be available this year.

Nonetheless, the distinguished guests of the workshop iterated that SDGs have provided a framework to address the unified crises of climate change, COVID-19, poverty, inequality, and leaving no one behind. They stated that as SDGs are all interconnected, they can only be achieved when all Ministries/Divisions/Agencies will work together in a coordinated manner. At the end, they emphasized the high-quality, up-to-date, and accessible data for evidence-informed plans and policies in Bangladesh.

 
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