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Belarus' National SDG Reporting Platforms to be ready by 2018 year-end

Politics 15.05.2018 | 14:58

MINSK, 15 May (BelTA) - The national reporting system for the Sustainable Development Goals indicators will be completed in Belarus by the end of 2018, Yelena Kukharevich, deputy chairwoman of the National Statistics Committee, said at a roundtable held in Minsk on 15 May to discuss partnership in the development and application of indicators for achieving the SDGs, BelTA informs.

The system will become the primary tool for monitoring and reporting on the SDG indicators: it will ensure collection, storage and protection of information, dissemination of data and metadata. “Today we are completing the formation of a national system of indicators. On its website the National Statistics Committee will run a separate database of the indicators that are viewed as available before the national SDG reporting system comes on stream. By 1 August we will verify the information that is included in the UN global database for the compliance with the national data to resolve differences. The system will be completed by the end of 2018 and integrated with all state information recourse,” Yelena Kukharevich noted.

The national list includes 255 indicators: 131 of them are compliant with the global list and 94 have been supplemented or replaced by indirect ones (so-called proxy). “Although the 75% availability of the SDG data is a very high figure at this stage but there are still gaps. In terms of unavailable data the National Statistics Committee has drawn up a strategy to evolve the state statistics by 2022 in order to eliminate the gaps in data,” Yelena Kukharevich added.

She noted that the committee is currently conducting the surveys important for the country. “The work on assessing the situation of people with disabilities was completed in July 2017. Tourism statistics were introduced last year. This large-scale work will help cover two indicators, including the share of tourism in the country's GDP. The sixth round of a large-scale cluster survey is underway to assess the situation of children and women, introduce environmental and economic statistics, which will also help meet a number of indicators for achieving the SDGs,” the speaker said.

The national SDG reporting system is supported by 26 state bodies and organizations, with the Belarusian Statistics Committee being the key organization. Their major goal is to determine the benchmarks, develop new state programs, strategies and plans, update the current programs taking into account the global goals and indicators.

On 1 January 2016 the Belarusian Statistics Committee joined the efforts to monitor the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Belarus. A roadmap to monitor the achievement of SDGs has been developed in close cooperation with different agencies. This strategic document dividing into six main parts envisages the development of cooperation mechanisms, the provision of reports on SDG indicators, capacity building and distribution of statistics on SDGs.

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