The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) was founded in November 1999 by the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, in response to the UN Economic and Social Council resolution on the goals of the UN Conference on Development.
PARIS21 was then born as a response to the challenges faced by both statisticians and decision-makers. The Partnership's Consortium was set up as a global framework of national, regional and international statisticians, analysts, policy-makers, development professionals and other users of statistics. It is a forum and network to promote, influence and facilitate statistical capacity development and the better use of statistics.
Among the significant contributions made by PARIS21 toward regional statistics in the Pacific included the development of a National Strategy for Development of Statistics (NSDS) Guidelines that have been used to configure NSDS for 15 Pacific member countries. PARIS21 is also a key advocate for Small Island Development States (SIDS), especially the need for better and long-term funding for development statistics among SIDS.
The Board meets once a year to discuss issues relating to the development and use of statistics generally and to review work programmes. SPC-Statistics for Development Division (SDD) is a member of the PARIS21 Board and is represented by the Director of SDD. Dr. Ofa Ketuu attended the 2019 PARIS21 Board Meeting and it focused on the following key areas:
- PARIS21 Annual Progress Report 2018 and selected highlights PARIS21 and partners,
- PARIS21 in 2019: planned activities PARIS21 Secretariat and partners for approval,
- Programme of Work and Budget 2019,
- Updated Governance Arrangements,
- PARIS21 Vision for 2020–2025.
Director of SDD was given the opportunity to speak on progress with meeting statistics and data required for SDG reporting among Pacific SIDS. The Board meeting ended with a session where Board members considered priorities for PARIS in 2020 and beyond. This is part of forming the next strategy for PARIS21 which will cover the period from 2020 to 2025. For further details please refer to this link: https://paris21.org/annual-meetings.