Pacific Activities in SDGs
In committing to the 2030 Agenda, PICT Leaders requested the selection of relevant global SDG indicators for the Pacific context to ensure regional ownership (46th Pacific Islands Forum Communique).
SDD, PIFS and UNESCAP have been assisting countries to collate the indicator values for these SDG indicators and this regional SDG dashboard is published and maintained by SDD on behalf of our member countries. The aim is to centralise availability of SDG and other development indicators and analysis, thereby improving data availability for PICTs as well as regional and international agencies.
SDD has also developed a five-year collection plan in collaboration with PICTs, to co-ordinate an increased data collection schedule in the Pacific. This was submitted to the Pacific Statistics Methods Board and PSSC (Pacific Statistics Standing Committee) for their endorsement. In 2019, the document will go up to FEMM to seek their endorsement that member governments make budget allocation to these surveys/censuses.
SDD is partnering with UNICEF and Pacific countries to collect relevant data through implementing standardised questionnaires, such as the Disability Survey and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). The latter will fill data gaps in monitoring the situation of women and children, and tracking progress toward the elimination of inequalities, women’s empowerment and victimisation.
The Pacific prepared its First Quadrennial Pacific Sustainable Development Report in 2018, for submission to the UN High Level Political Forum in 2019. This report was prepared by CROP and UN Agencies working in the Pacific.
SDD is also working with those Pacific countries preparing Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) to develop data and analysis on sustainable development.