Saudi Arabia Launches A High-Level SDG Data Webinar

Saudi Economy Ministry, Chairman Sustainable Development Steering Committee Faisal Al-Ibrahim launched very first National SDG Data Webinar.

Riyadh: Faisal Al-Ibrahim is the Minister of Economy and Planning, the SDSC (Chairman of the Sustainable Development Steering Committee). Faisal Al-Ibrahim launched the very first National SDG Data Webinar on Thursday.

The new series of sessions were developed in partnership with the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Riyadh.

The sessions aim to explore unique ways to measure and report data on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Kingdom is working towards achieving the UN SDG Agenda. It is taking rigorous actions internationally and locally.

To support the achievement of SDGs in the Kingdom, more than 70 government entities and international organizations gathered to participate in the webinar.

The Kingdom is prepping to present its second Voluntary National Review to be submitted in 2023. The Kingdom also plans to update its data for the upcoming Sustainable Development Report 2023.

They plan on doing this by Sustainable Development Solutions Network next year.

Rapid social, economic, and environmental progress has made reporting and monitoring progress on the 17 SDGs challenging on data webinar. It has become increasingly vital to ensure the latest data is used to reflect the performance.

Government analysis has shown that three factors affect data accuracy in the broader SDG ecosystem. This includes the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The three factors are unreported data, outdated data, or inconsistencies with global reports.

Al-Ibrahim made a statement. He said: “Effectively monitoring and evaluating the Kingdom’s fast social, economic and environmental progress requires collective, coherent and coordinated action.”

He added,

“We take great strides toward successfully delivering Vision 2030 and the SDG Agenda. We must also ensure that the data used to measure our performance reflects our latest achievements.

Aligning with international partners, such as the United Nations, is essential to this and thus unlocking the full potential of our nation”. — SG

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