Global Data & Goals Beyond GDP

Data is a key issue of Agenda 2030 and should play a fundamental role in sustainable development globally, with the potential to provide clear data-driven guides of decision making and policy action. It is inarguable that access to open data improves accountability, and as supported by the World Economic Forum, it is time to harness the intellectual creativity provided by this endless flow of cross-sectional data outside of the limitations of official statistics.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is a global network bringing together governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations dedicated to using the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why is this important? www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06drxls

What can you do? www.prayerforeveryone.org

Transforming Our World - UN Global Goals Launch

World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years.

End extreme poverty; Fight inequality & injustice & Fix climate change.

The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

BY JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ 22 February 2019

Just under ten years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up. The title summed it up: GDP is not a good measure of wellbeing. What we measure affects what we do, and if we measure the wrong thing, we will do the wrong thing. If we focus only on material wellbeing – on, say, the production of goods, rather than on health, education, and the environment – we become distorted in the same way that these measures are distorted; we become more materialistic.

The new report highlights several topics, like trust and insecurity, which had been only briefly addressed by Mismeasuring Our Lives, and explores several others, like inequality and sustainability, more deeply. And it explains how inadequate metrics have led to deficient policies in many areas. Better indicators would have revealed the highly negative and possibly long-lasting effects of the deep post-2008 downturn on productivity and wellbeing, in which case policymakers might not have been so enamored of austerity, which lowered fiscal deficits, but reduced national wealth, properly measured, even more.

SDG Dashboard for OECD Countries