by Joern Geisselmann, Mona-Lisa Limbach, Saionara König-Reis, and Peter Koblowsky

"In the coming months, six countries will work together to strengthen comprehensive, inclusive, and participatory monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while leaving no one behind. The initiative aims to promote the use of non-official data in SDG monitoring. It is the result of a collaboration between the network Partners for Review (implemented by the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, or GIZ), the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the International Civil Society Centre.

The participating countries are Canada, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nepal, Philippines, and the Palestinian Territories. State and non-State actors from each of these countries will participate in a series of virtual workshops to discuss sustained data collaboration in these countries. This initiative will build on existing attempts to create  multi-actor data ecosystems for the SDGs, and will draw from the expertise of national, multilateral, and international partners, including the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank."

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