by Juanita Nonwo – EM TV Online
20th October marked the second World Statistics Day.
This year, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flagged the importance of reliable and timely statistics and indicators in order to achieve new development agendas in support of this year’s theme: Better Data, Better Lives.
The UN Secretary-General also stressed on working together to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
“On this World Statistics Day, I urge all partners and stakeholders to work together to ensure that the necessary investments are made, adequate technical capacity is built, new data sources are explored and innovative processes are applied to give all countries the comprehensive information systems they need to achieve sustainable development,” Ban said in his message.
The Director of the UN Statistics Division in the Department of Economics and Social Affairs, Stefan Schweinfest, further stated:
“Sustainable development will need to be supported by sustainable Statistics.”
World Statistics Day will now be celebrated every 5 years as decided by the UN General Assembly.