TAJSTAT and UNDP Donor Meeting on Improvement of Statistics to feed the Needs for Reporting on the SDGs

Joint TAJSTAT and UNDP Donor Meeting on Improvement of Statistics to feed the Needs for Reporting on the SDGs

Joint TAJSTAT and UNDP Donor Meeting on Improvement of Statistics to feed the Needs for Reporting on the SDGs

August 28, 2016, Dushanbe.  The Agency for Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan (TAJSTAT) jointly with the UNDP in Tajikistan hosted a donor meeting to review the implementation results of UNDP-supported sub-projects: System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA), and trade-related statistics for establishment of information base for trade registry. The meeting also aimed at raising awareness among relevant state institutions and engaging the wider donor community for improving the system of national statistics to feed the needs for reporting on the SDGs.

Ms. Sanja Bojanic, UNDP Deputy Country Director, on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme thanked the TAJSTAT for hosting this important event amid adoption of the SDGs and the need for addressing the existing gaps and challenges related to measuring the progress on the National Development Strategy 2030 and the Midterm Development Programme 2020. Ms. Bojanic has underlined that Tajikistan is well positioned for the implementation of the SDGs, and it can build on its experience and good results in the implementation of MDGs. However, to fully capitalize on this positioning, the country will need to: a) establish/enhance a strong, inter-sectoral coordination mechanism to ensure that policies are developed and implemented in a coherent, integrated manner and acceleration points are identified and used; b) develop a comprehensive M&E system that will inform national and global reporting; the key ingredient for this will be the quality data collected and analyzed at the national and sub-national level which again highlights the role of the Agency and importance of collaboration at different levels; c) foster a multi-stakeholder approach to harness the contributions and engagement of not only government institutions but also of the Parliament, civil society, private sector and development partners.

The UNDP support and recommendations were affably welcomed by the TAJSTAT. Ms. Hasanzoda Gulnora Kenja, the Director of TAJSTAT has underscored the positive results that yielded continued cooperation with UNDP. In particular, Ms. Hasanzoda has outlined the outcome of the System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) implementation, supported by the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI).  SEEA will enable the country to report on the environmental SDGs from credible sources in a meaningful way and in a format suitable to inform decision-makers on the state of environment in the country. Along with that, improvement of the trade-related statistics and establishment of an information base for trade registry was possible thanks to technical support provided by the UNDP Aid for Trade project.

This meeting has gathered in one room the representatives from the Committee for Environmental Protection, Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, and other state agencies, as well as the development partners such as the OSCE, ADB, USAID, and others.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Tahmina Azizova, UNDP-UNEP PEI National Coordinator  at tahmina.azizova@undp.org , and/or Mr. Parviz Akramov, UNDP Aid for Trade National Coordinator, parviz.akramov@undp.org

 

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