LONDON, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – By 2030, we should be living healthier, more prosperous lives on a greener, cleaner planet helped by robust policies to combat climate change and use precious resources, like water, wisely.
That is, if world leaders live up to the promise of ambitious development goals to end poverty and hunger, and promote a more sustainable way of life, over the next 15 years.
But for governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to be adopted at a U.N. summit this month, there must be a push for better data to allow progress to be tracked and leaders to be held to account, experts say.
Too often data that is produced is inaccurate, driven by donor priorities, released after a long time lag or omits groups on society’s margins. As a result, both rich and poor countries know a lot less about their citizens than they think.
“It blows my mind that we do all this policymaking and planning based on guesstimates and extrapolations and interpolations behind the guise of empiricism,” Stuart told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.