ECOSF participated in the policy dialogue on Data for the Climate and SDGs organized by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

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UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) as part of its Global Policy Dialogue Series organized the virtual dialogue on Data for the Climate and SDGs on January 21, 2021. The dialogue underscored the need to leverage and innovate data collection, data use and interdisciplinary analytical approaches to enable an evidence-based and risk-informed approach to decision-making. On behalf of ECOSF, President Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro and Engr. Khalil Raza participated in the event.

The dialogue was held in the form of two sessions; one session focused on ensuring equality, inclusive growth and access to opportunities while the second session on highlighted the role of effective use of data and statistics to support the climate and SDG Agenda.

Experts emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new sense of urgency to the need for transformative change to strengthen public institutions, address financing gaps and support the development dilemmas of the most vulnerable countries. Experts further deliberated that the pandemic has highlighted long known but ill-addressed systemic flaws in the social contract at global and national levels, with the social and economic impacts hitting along existing fault lines of inequality and inequity based on gender, racial, ethnic, ageist and economic discrimination, among others.

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