Dr Shekhar Shah speaks at the World Bank’s Live Event, “Sustainable Development Goals — The Data Story”

28 Jan 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the need for better data to inform response and recovery efforts leveraging the complementarity of public and private sources. Following the recent launch of the World Bank’s SDG Atlas this event convened partners to discuss how the World Bank can improve data literacy and call attention to the urgent need to address data gaps especially in the developing world as we work to get the Sustainable Development Goals back on track as part of a resilient recovery.  The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 presents interactive storytelling and data visualizations about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It highlights trends for selected targets within each goal and introduces concepts about how some SDGs are measured. Where data was available it also highlights the emerging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.

In this Live Event the World Bank introduced the SDG 2020 Atlas and discussed with data partners the role of data in leading a resilient recovery and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals highlighting how effective data communication can advance international development.

In his presentation at this event Dr Shekhar Shah Director General NCAER highlighted how challenging it will be to reach the 2030 Sustainable Goals due to the current crisis. He spoke on how data prepares us for the post-pandemic world.

A Recording of the Event can be viewed here