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Power of data can help focus on SDGs, says FAO chief statistician


Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), talks to UN radio about the importance of tracking progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and how FAO is developing new indicators that countries can adopt to help measure areas from food insecurity to the sustainable management of natural resources.   

Speaking on the margins of a meeting of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSD), Gennari said that the increase in the number of indicators to 230 - four times greater than for the MDGs - represents a major challenge for the statistical offices in many countries, but that FAO – custodian UN agency for 21 SDG indicators – was working to assist countries’ in developing capacity and in meeting the new monitoring challenges.

Listen to: interview with Pietro Gennari, FAO Chief Statistician

Read: FAO and the SDGs: Indicators - Measuring up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 

In September 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs commit the international community to end poverty and hunger and achieve sustainable development between 2016 and 2030. A global indicator framework for the SDGs – comprising 230 indicators – was identified to monitor the 169 targets and to track progress.

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