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UNDESA and UNESCO need to discuss disability data and statistics



Today, a group of leading experts from around the world, representatives of the United Nations agencies, disabled people organizations as well as public and private organizations gather at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris to discuss existing data gaps and revise methods of data collection, synthesis and reporting, with a view to improve coverage of topics, timeliness and data comparability taking into consideration the specific situation of persons with disabilities.

In order to address and include persons with disabilities in new and on-going development efforts, it is necessary to identify the current challenges in this area, including better understanding of the numbers of individuals living with a disability and their specific needs. The expert group will also discuss how new and open technological solutions could improve the depth and accuracy of big data collection, specifically with respect to persons with disabilities, and how to engage different stakeholders in efforts towards sustainable development post-2015.

The expected outcome of this collective discussion and analysis is the formulation of a policy brief that will provide an informed overview of the current status of disability statistics and formulate recommendations to improve data collection so as to encourage the implementation of evidence-based policy-making. Additionally, the meeting will contribute towards the implementation of the outcome document of the General Assembly High Level Meeting on Disability and Development held on 23 September 2013, which underscored the need for accurate data on disability.

This expert group meeting entitled “Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation: The Way Forward in the Disability-Inclusive Development Agenda Towards 2015” is co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Division for Social Policy and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).