NEW YORK, 14 September 2016 – UNICEF is calling on world leaders to invest in better data on children, warning in a new analysis that sufficient data is available only for half of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators.
The UNICEF analysis shows that child-related data, including measures on poverty and violence that can be compared, are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals.
“The world is committed to eliminating extreme poverty among children by 2030 and to reaching those furthest behind first. If we are going to succeed in achieving these ambitious goals, we first need data that tells us who these children are, where they live and what they need,” said Jeffrey O’Malley, UNICEF Director of the Division of Data, Research and Policy.
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UNICEF has been actively supporting countries to collect, analyse and report data on progress for children for over 30 years. As part of these efforts UNICEF will continue to support direct collection of data through household surveys, and explore how new technological tools can help fill gaps in data.
UNICEF is calling for governments to invest in disaggregated, comparable and quality data for children, to adequately address issues including intergenerational cycles of poverty, preventable deaths, and violence against children.
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UNICEF’s Time Machine is an interactive and experiential installation that will be on display at the Secretariat Building during the UN General Assembly. The installation was built in partnership with Domestic Data Streamers, an agency based in Barcelona that explores new ways of communicating through data storytelling.
The Time Machine is open to media and the public in the Visitors Lobby at the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York until the end of September 2016.
For multimedia content of the Time Machine please visit: http://uni.cf/2cu5m4C.
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