by Yongyi Min

"Timely, quality, open, and disaggregated data are vital in enabling governments, development partners, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and the general public to make informed decisions for achieving the SDGs. The importance of data and statistics has never been clearer than during the COVID-19 crisis.

Such data are critical in understanding, managing, and mitigating effects of the pandemic – whether human, social, or economic – and in guiding decision-making at each stage, with life and death implications."

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