VIENNA, 9 December - An international workshop on data and statistics for evidence-based Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a joint initiative of the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), New York, and the UNIDO Statistics Division. The voluntary national review is a mechanism for the regular reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process which are prepared by Member States and presented to High-Level Political Forum. It facilitates sharing of experiences in monitoring the implementation and achievements towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Opening the workshop, Hiroshi Kuniyoshu, UNIDO's Deputy to the Director General and the Managing Director of the External Relations and Policy Research Directorate, welcomed the participants and hailed the role of data and statistics for evidence based policy making. He thanked the UN Statistics Division for maintaining a close cooperation with the UNIDO Statistics Division in undertaking such important international event.
The workshop is attended by more than 40 participants representing national statistical offices and policy making bodies of different member-states as well as by representatives from UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations. Participants are presenting the national SDG monitoring mechanisms and processes and discussing the measurement gaps that impede monitoring of national policies. The workshop will continue till 12 December 2019.