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Improving data on persons with disabilities in the Pacific

August 29, 2018 12:47 am

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Pacific Community (SPC) have announced a new partnership to support the strengthening of data collection and analysis to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children, women and people with disabilities across the Pacific islands and territories.

The collection and dissemination of reliable data of children and women worldwide is vital to identify and plan for their needs and to inform policies.

UNICEF Representative, Sheldon Yett says statistically sound and internationally comparable data is essential for the targeting of resources to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

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Through the collection of quality data, decision-makers are able to make positive change by identifying needs and monitoring progress in their countries she adds.

Quality data is essential for measuring a country’s progress against the Sustainable Development Goals and currently in the Pacific islands, there is a lack of data to accurately measure this progress.

SPC’s Deputy Director General, Audrey Aumua says through this agreement, SPC and UNICEF will be able to better support the work of Pacific leaders to improve the lives of women and children across our region.

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