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Varieties of Democracy Institute provides data for monitoring one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

News: Mar 08, 2017

This week the UN statistical commission meets in New York. A key agenda item are indicators for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At a side event on Friday, 10 March, Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) will be featured as a key source for non-official data on SDG indicators related to accountability and democracy.

V-Dem has been involved in the process of identifying suitable indicators to measures SDG 16 as part of the virtual network of stakeholders and experts convened by the United Nations Statistics Division and the SDG16 Data Initiative. 

”It is really a milestone for V-Dem to figure so prominently in how SDG 16 will be measure across the world in the coming decades. We are very proud of everyone on the global V-Dem team who has contributed to make this happen” says Staffan Lindberg, Professor & Director of V-Dem Institute.

The side event will provide an opportunity for experts to examine of the role of non-official data in complementing official sources of data for the 2030 Agenda, highlight ways in which these data providers are already contributing to SDG monitoring and review efforts, and demonstrate how NSOs have worked with these non-official actors around data collection and usage.

The Sustainable Development Goals were endorsed by world leaders in September 2015, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. In the SDGs, global targets related to democratic governance are for the first time included in a development framework. Democracy, good governance and human rights are highlighted in the promotion of “just, peaceful and inclusive societies.”

The organisers of the side event on the topic of "Expanding the Data Ecosystem: The role of Non-Official data for SDG Monitoring and Review” are the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA), UNDP, the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). 

The Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a worldwide collaboration of scholars for measuring democracy from a new, multidimensional, point of view, hosted by the University of Gothenburg and the Kellogg institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

The UNDP Virtual Network Sourcebook contains 60 V-Dem indicators and indices. V-Dem provides complementary data for the measurement of SDG 16. Consistent, impartial and transparent data from independent research institutes increase the reliability of the measurement of the targets and enhance the legitimacy of the SDG monitoring process. Such tools enable scholars, civil society organizations and other actors to monitor the implementation and encourage local ownership and dissemination of the SDGs. Inconsistencies in definitions of concepts, methods and sources between countries can be avoided by using data from independent institutes based on standardized definitions and methods for all countries. V-Dem’s reliable expert-based indicators are aggregated transparently and easily accessible online without charge.

Time: 10 March (8:15 to 10:00 am) 
Venue: Conf. Room 7loc, UN, New York

Staffan I. Lindberg: sil@v-dem.net, xlista@gu.se. Telephone: +46 31 786 1226
V-Dem Institute: contact@v-dem.net, +46 31 7863043
More about V-dem: www.v-dem.net


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Originally published on: samfak.gu.se

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