Today’s celebration of World Statistics Day comes right after Sunday’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, last month’s UN General Assembly agreeing the Sustainable Development Goals and the launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.
A common thread? Better data leads to better lives.
World Statistics Day celebrates the role of statistics, the institutions and individuals that produce them, and the impact they have in designing and monitoring the policies and services that can improve people’s wellbeing.
There are some big gaps in country-level data - gaps in what we know. That’s why we’re working with our partners to identify priority investments to close these gaps.
The areas we’ll initially focus on include: ensuring universal civil registration of births and deaths; improving economic statistics; expanding the coverage of household surveys in the world’s poorest countries; and taking advantage of new technologies and data sources to improve data production and use.
So without further ado, my colleages around the Bank have put together 17 statistics that stand out for them - some you may know, some you may not, all of them related to the Sustainable Development Goals: