Coordination efforts with respect to SDG data and indicators, therefore, aim at avoiding the failures of the MDG framework, and improving the quality of data (and ultimately of reports and studies based on these data). There is a need for broad consensus on modalities of producing SDG related data and indicators that should include statistical components of the UN agencies – members of the RCM, national statistical systems and other regional and sub-regional statistical agencies.
The SDG Data TF aims to coordinate and harmonize data generated by all parties reporting on SDGs and other relevant internationally endorsed frameworks. The role of the SDG Data TF is to bring coordinated support to the 2030WG and the related taskforces, most notably the TF on the Arab Sustainable Development Report (ASDR).
Co-chaired by ESCWA and UNFPA, membership is restricted to statisticians in RCM entities or staff who work directly in the collection and production of SDG data. The TF may invite observers from the regional statistical agencies who are not members of the RCM. The TF will meet at least once a year.