Quality, accessibility and reliability of disaggregated data

As the UN system starts working towards the implementation of the Strategic Development Goals, there is a growing need to measure, communicate, and share results. The 2030 Agenda commits “to addressing the gap in data collection so as to better inform the measurement of progress” and stresses that “quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data will be needed to help with the measurement of progress and to ensure that no one is left behind. Such data is key to decision-making.”
HLCM is strongly committed to supporting organizations in this endeavour, as called for in CEB Common principle n. 7 - Innovation, Experimentation and Data: “The UN system will collectively create space for innovation and experimentation, utilizing cutting-edge technology and data as appropriate, to explore new opportunities and tailored solutions based on changing environments and country needs. It will take a strategic, cross-cutting, system-wide approach to utilizing technology to facilitate joint analysis and decision-making. This requires strengthened UN data capacity and investments in disaggregated data availability and knowledge sharing”.

Digitalization of information promotes integration, coordination and transparency. HLCM aims to lift the conversation on a Digital Transformation of the UN System with three main focuses: transparency, standards, and data and information security. Enhanced information management and improved accessibility of UN documents and information is also a priority of HLCM.

Quantitative evidence also helps senior management and strategic partners to engage on more solid bases of reciprocal trust, as in complex systems transparency is a pre-condition for collaboration, and data supports objectivity and transparency in decision-making processes.

The consolidation of the UN system Data Catalog as the primary access to UN system organizations’ comprehensive open data resources; the design and adoption of a Common Documentation Standard; the further development of the CEB website as the platform for collecting and visualizing data for the UN system, increasing granularity and providing new and improved analysis for all stakeholders: HLCM will continue investing in these and other initiatives towards a digital transformation of the UN system, also leveraging the ideas that will be emerging from the UN Data Innovation Labs.

Informed by CEB Common Principle n. 8 - Transparency and Accountability, which calls for the UN system to “…actively support higher standards of transparency and accountability based on authoritative international standards and robust monitoring of agreed indicators, with open data platforms, shared budget and finance information, and communicating results together”, HLCM will also pursue the adoption of international standards like IATI as drivers for the United Nations system to excel as a modern, progressive organization that subscribes to best management practices, and allows for data analysis and comparability across organizations.

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Disclosure of information contained in internal audit reports, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 26/10/2007
Action on Capitalizing on Technology, High-Level Committee on Management - Decision posted: 11/09/2001


The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 4th Session (July 2005, New York) (CEB/2005/HLCM/26), Finance & Budget Network - Session report posted: 28/11/2011
Report of UNDG meeting (January 2009, New York), United Nations Development Group - Session report posted: 13/03/2013
Report of 15th Session (September 1999, New York), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 11/02/2013


Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 05/07/2012
HLCM Strategic Plan, High-Level Committee on Management - posted: 24/05/2013
Pursuing United Nations system oversight , Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 01/07/2014
Fostering inter-agency collaboration in knowledge management and knowledge sharing, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 01/07/2014


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