The first National SDG Data Webinar was inaugurated by His Excellency Faisal F. Alibrahim, Minister of Economy and Planning for Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Sustainable Development Steering Committee (SDSC). The new edition of sessions, which were conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Resident Coordinators Office in Riyadh, intends to observe the most effective methods for reporting and evaluating data on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Kingdom is taking serious measures both locally and internationally to fulfil the UN SDG Agenda. As the Kingdom gets ready to present its second Voluntary National Review in 2023 and update its data for the upcoming Sustainable Development Report 2023 by Sustainable Development Solutions Network, more than 70 national government entities and international organizations came together to participate in the webinar to support the achievement of SDGs in the Kingdom.

The process of reporting and monitoring progress on the 17 SDGs has become difficult due to the rapid advancement of society, the economy, and the environment. Making sure that the most recent data is used to reflect performance has grown more and more important.

According to government analysis, three factors—unreported data, outdated data, or conflicts with global reports—have an impact on the accuracy of data used in the larger SDG ecosystem, which includes both the UN and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

“Collective, cogent, and coordinated action is needed to effectively monitor and evaluate the Kingdom’s rapid social, economic, and environmental growth, “declared the Minister of Economy and Planning for Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Faisal F. Alibrahim. He continued, “We must make sure that the data being used to gauge our performance reflects our very latest accomplishments as we take enormous efforts toward successfully achieving Vision 2030 and the SDG Agenda. To do this and so realize the full potential of our country, it is crucial to cooperate with international partners like the United Nations “.

“Data is crucial not only in shaping the narrative of the Kingdom’s efforts to achieve sustainable development, but also for inspiring the people in the Kingdom to see their role in the sustainable development of their communities and their country,” said Nathalie Fustier, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the end, motivation to maintain our attention on what is most important and that we work to “Leave No One Behind.”

The Sustainable Development Steering Committee, which is made up of 20 national bodies, was recently established by the Kingdom to coordinate government efforts and monitor performance targeted at meeting the SDG targets. Additionally, the Kingdom signed the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework in June of this year. It seeks to expedite group efforts to advance sustainable development and guarantee the accomplishment of the 17 SDGs.